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Mazda revives rotary technology with Mazda2 plug-in electric hybrid

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Autonews reported yesterday ( Dec. 19, 2013) that Mazda previewed it’s Mazda2 Prototype hatchback equipped with a 75 kw electric motor up and more importantly , a .33 liter rotary engine in the rear.

The sole purpose of the little rotary is to charge the lithium ion batteries under the floorboards and extend range close to 300 miles all from its 2.6 gallon fuel cell.

In a press briefing on range extending technologies, Mazda unveiled the Mazda2 prototype to much fanfare from Rotary enthusiasts and automotive journalists, who just a few weeks ago were told that Rotary technology would be developed no further. Nevertheless, Mazda engineers continue to tinker away at the Rotary technology and the fruits of their labor comes forth in this 330cc range extending rotary.

In the market to produce vehicles that literally sip fuel, Mazda gains a competitive advantage over the likes of Chevrolet Volt ( which uses similar technology), hybrids ( Toyota Prius) or all electric compacts like the Nissan Leaf. With a rotary engine, its compact design and smooth revving characteristics provides a seamless solution to charge the lithium ion batteries. And with rotary technology being proprietary technology, Mazda is taking advantage of engineering no one else can.

While it’s not the fire breathing rotaries like the RX7 and RX8, it’s rotary technology being developed nonetheless. And for that, we should be thankful.

Source: Autonews

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