Mazda MX-30 range, battery & charging
Mazda cites environmental reasons for the MX-30's combination of short range and speedy charging
|Range||Battery size||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|124-136 miles||35.5kWh||6hrs (0-100%, 6.6kW)||36mins (0-80%, 50kW)|
The Mazda MX-30 is fitted with a 35.5kWh battery, which to many will seem small next to rivals like the Peugeot e-2008 (50kWh) and Kia e-Niro (39 or 64kWh). However, according to Mazda, this size of battery offers the best compromise between the environmental costs of manufacturing the cells and benefits to the consumer.
In other words, Mazda has opted to minimise impact on the environment by using up fewer of the earth's resources (including rare-earth materials like lithium and cobalt), while also ensuring speedy charging times to help appease those making the switch from quick-to-refuel internal-combustion cars.
We like the approach, but accept that some rivals simply offer more flexibility when it comes to range versus charge time: whether the environmental aspect is a factor in the buying process will ultimately depend on personal preference.
Mazda MX-30 range
The smaller-than-average 35.5kWh battery means a shorter-than-average range of 124 miles – or 165 miles around town according to Mazda. The standard figure is less than you get from the Honda e city car (127 to 136 miles) and considerably short of the Peugeot e-2008's 191 to 206 miles.
One of the benefits of a small battery is quick charging times: the MX-30 can achieve an 80% top-up from a 50kW public rapid charger in little over half an hour, which is great news for those using their cars around town or on longer trips with brief service-station stops. Even drawing power from a home wallbox, the Mazda will be fully juiced in less than six hours, so it'll be easy to get all your charging done within the window for off-peak electricity costs. If you're caught short, the MX-30 will take 15 hours and eight minutes to charge using a three-pin cable plugged into a domestic socket.
In This Review
- 1VerdictTaking a slightly different approach to many electric cars, the MX-30 focuses on low weight, a modest range and an engaging driving experience
- 2Range, battery & charging - currently readingMazda cites environmental reasons for the MX-30's combination of short range and speedy charging
- 3Running costs & insuranceLike all electric cars, the MX-30 should be cheap to run – but there are still a few unknowns at time of writing
- 4Performance, motor & driveIt's far from being the most powerful electric car around, but the Mazda MX-30 does handle quite well
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortMazda's penchant for cool interiors continues, with great materials, decent infotainment and a modern feel inside the MX-30
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityWith practicality hampered by stylish doors, the Mazda MX-30 isn't exactly the most flexible SUV around
- 7Reliability & safety ratingA five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating means the MX-30 should still be safe – and the signs look good for reliability, too
- 8Living with itMazda's MX-30 electric car has arrived on our fleet – and we're just getting our heads around the out-of-the-ordinary SUV