Mazda says electric cars could be worse for the environment

Mazda says electric cars could be worse for the environment


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Mazda puts batteries that are right for the size of its vehicles, especially the MX-30 SUV. Instead of large batteries that provide great autonomy, the model has a set that provides 200 kilometers of road and the company justifies the choice in the pollution of the planet that the large battery causes.

The biggest problem with any electric car, the type of car that has been around since the late 19th century, is battery life. Currently, several companies already use battery packs that provide more than 400 kilometers of range with just one charge, which provides almost the distance between the capitals of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro (with the BR-116, it is 434 kilometers).

Mazda will launch the MX-30 in early 2020, an SUV that is completely electric and has not thought about long distances, offering 200 kilometers on a single charge. In an interview with European media, Christian Schultze, director and general manager at Mazda’s development center in Europe, says that the reason for choosing a smaller battery lies in the environmental pollution that the entire process of making cells and energy itself produces.

Schultze says the amount of CO2 emitted by making the battery and generating the car’s power is the same as that of a Mazda 3, a small hatchback that uses diesel as fuel. The problem is that the company does not take into account that there are places where energy production is carried out without releasing any pollution into the atmosphere, as is the case in most of Brazil – where only a small part of the energy is produced from fossils. fat.

In Europe itself, the main source of electricity generation is no longer coal since 2017, when wind, solar and biomass power combined exceeded coal-fired power generation. In the middle of this year, the British consultant Wood Mackenzie predicted that by 2035 renewable energy sources will be the main option for cost and low air pollution, whether for transport, business and even civil construction.

In the UK, one of the largest energy providers, Scottish Power, has been using energy created from renewable sources since 2018, completely eliminating carbon dioxide emissions.

Mazda seems to ignore this, as the executive claims that the calculation of the small battery decision takes into account long-term CO2 emissions, even when the battery pack is changed to maintain the performance of the car – this can happen. after 160 thousand km. it is driven.

Just for comparison, while Mazda chose a package that produces 35.5 kWh of power, Tesla puts a package of up to 100 kWh on the Model S and X, and up to 75 kWh on the Model 3, which is the company’s cheapest model. which offers a range of up to 500 km. The Chevrolet Bolt, which is an electric car that aims to be more popular and will be launched in Brazil, was launched internationally with a 60 kWh battery and in 2020 it arrives with a 66 kWh.

With information: European Car News.