Mazda Motor plans the electrification of all its vehicles by the early 2030s, Kyodo News (in Japan) reported, without citing sources. A Mazda spokeswoman declined to comment on the report.
Mazda’s lineup does not currently include any all-electric vehicles, though it sells one hybrid model, a version of its Mazda3.
According to Kyodo, Mazda it will introduce electric powertrain technologies beginning with the 2019 models. .
To catch up with other larger automakers including Nissan Motor, which already market electric cars, Mazda has partnered with Toyota Motor to develop technology.
Mazda has also developed an ultra-efficient compression-ignition gasoline engine, which can be used in hybrids, and plans to incorporate that into its cars from 2019.
Unveiling the new technology last month, Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai said its gasoline, diesel and electric vehicle technologies would “co-exist” in the future.
The automaker, which also specializes in highly-efficient diesel engines, on Thursday launched a new CX-8 model in Japan, which is currently only available as a diesel model.
Other global automakers are planning to shift away from internal combustion engines towards electrification in the coming years.
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