The 2022 Mazda MX-30 battery range makes the automaker’s first electric vehicle irrelevant

The new Mazda 2022 MX-30 electric car is shockingly uncompetitive, but don’t worry—you probably won’t see one anyway.

The automaker plans to sell only 560 in calendar 2022, exclusively in California.

This would make the MX-30 slightly more popular than the California Condor, of which the US Fish and Wildlife Service estimates a 504 presence.

However, an EV range of only 100 miles on fully charged batteries makes the MX-30 a more likely extinction candidate than the majestic carrion eaters. Condors have federal protected status. All your MX-30 gets is a $7,500 federal tax credit, plus whatever your state might put on the table to encourage electric vehicle sales.

For field detection purposes, the MX-30 is a compact SUV that competes with EVs such as the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, Hyundai Kona, Kia Niro and Nissan Leaf. Like them, Mazda’s small hatchback has an SUV-style profile, but only offers front-wheel drive.

The MX-30 is Mazda’s first electric car. An additional hybrid version containing a petrol engine to enable longer engines is expected to go on sale sometime in 2022.

2022 Mazda MX-30 Electric Small SUV

Mazda MX-30 prices

stationed: $33,140

Premium Plus: $36470

Prices do not include destination fees ($1,175)

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Electric Vehicle Range of 2011… in 2021

The MX-30’s exterior is sleek and modern, but its 100-mile battery range is outdated 10 years later, compared to the 73 miles of the 2011 Nissan Leaf, when the little Nissan made news as one of the first affordable electric cars.

EV technology has come a long way since then, although the MX-30’s specs might not make you think so. Among the contemporary electric vehicles comparable to the MX-30, the 2022 Leaf’s made 215 miles in EPA tests. The 2022 Kia Niro EV raises the ante to 239 miles; Chevrolet Bolt EUV, 247; Hyundai Kona EV 258.

The electric range of the 2022 Mazda MX-30 EV electric mini SUVs tracks other small electric SUVs.

The MX-30’s base price is $33,470 less than these competitors, but not enough.

I tested the Premium Plus model, base price $36,480, plus $495 for the “shiny gray” metallic paint. All prices do not include the $1,175 destination fee.

Mazda rightly points out that most Americans drive much less than 100 miles a day, but long trips happen too often to ignore, and US charging capacity isn’t enough to count on finding a nearby 240v – or better yet, a DC fast charger – When you get to your grandmother’s house for Thanksgiving. A full charge at 240V takes 5.3 hours, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Mazda says the DC fast charger takes the MX-30 from 20% to 80% in 36 minutes. But generic chargers – especially DC fast chargers – aren’t common enough yet, and even if they were, the MX-30 range would still be a huge disadvantage.

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