From the re-imagining the humble combustion engine to developing the all-electric cars of the future, Mazda are hard at work revolutionising the way we think about sustainability.

Despite the huge demand for companies to switch to more sustainable methods of energy, automobile manufacturers still face numerous challenges when it comes to moving towards a greener and more electric future. Often, trickier elements such as regional charging infrastructures, emissions from power plants powering electricity grids and viable source materials all can trip-up even the most well-intentioned and climate-conscious vehicle manufacturer.

For Mazda, a wider goal of achieving carbon neutrality across each vehicle’s lifecycle by 2050 is proof that the brand is driving in the right direction and addressing these issues for a considerably greener future. One of the most effective ways for Mazda to pursue these objectives is through innovation in powertrain technologies across its range of vehicles, from combustion engines to PHEVs and hybrids to fully electric vehicles (EVs).

While most manufacturers concentrate simply on exhaust fumes to reduce CO2, Mazda have adopted a well-to-wheel (WTW) approach that, in addition to the emissions coming directly from the vehicle, also accounts for the emissions coming from the fuel or production of electricity in the case of EVs. This is crucial to achieving actual reduction in Greenhouse Gasses (GHG) emissions, as infrastructure in each country differs and in certain regions EVs may in fact generate more emissions on a WTW basis than efficient diesel or gasoline engine counterparts.

In other words, there is no one solution that fits all. This is what Mazda’s multi-solution approach is all about — finding innovative solutions for its customers’ needs across the full range of vehicles and powertrains.


The e-Skyactiv X engine is a revolutionary engine from Mazda, achieving fuel efficiency and environmental performance by predicting energy input and output during driving.

It’s the first of its kind, using advanced combustion technology to achieve levels of performance and efficiency that were previously impossible.

Essentially, this engine combines the best of both petrol and diesel engines: it starts with a spark plug like a petrol engine and then uses forced-induction to ignite fuel within each piston like a diesel engine.

Mazda call this Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI), and it’s designed to generate more power while using less fuel and generating fewer emissions — up to 30% less, in fact — than a regular petrol engine. From relaxed city drives to far-flung adventures, the e-Skyactiv X engine is ready and raring for any journey. The SPCCI engine combines the fuel-efficiency of a diesel engine with the power and drivability of a petrol engine, making it an ideal all-rounder.

The Skyactiv-G and Skyactiv G-Turbo approach the challenge of building fuel-efficient engines through high compression ratios: by compressing the air-fuel mixtures in the cylinders to much higher ratios than conventional engines, Mazda are able squeeze more energy from every drop of fuel.

At the other end of the compression spectrum is the Skyactiv-D, Mazda’s clean, highly efficient diesel engine which has one of the world’s lowest diesel-engine compression ratios. This enables a better mixture of air and fuel for a diesel engine that complies with strict exhaust gas regulations around the world.

On the racetrack, Mazda is taking experimentation one step further, with its Zekken 55 Mazda2 Bio Concept car, which is fuelled by 100% biodiesel made from used cooking oil and microalgae fats.


Mazda’s hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) powertrains combine traditional engineering with innovative solutions.

The M Hybrid system, for example, uses a small generator to capture energy normally wasted during braking. With that energy, other interior accessories such as air conditioning, audio and system technology receive power from the 24-volt battery, saving fuel in the process.

The HEV system takes things a step further by allowing the car to switch between full electric and petrol modes without needed to plug in at the mains.

However, if you prefer to plug things in, then the all-new Mazda CX-60 has plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) technology. It has a petrol engine combined with an electric motor that allows for 39 miles of pure electric driving, ideal for shorter journeys. The PHEV powertrain embodies Mazda’s multi-solution approach of utilising the right solution at the right time, by fusing long distance driving through conventional fuel use, or switching to 100% electric driving if you are covering shorter distances.

Currently available on the Mazda2 in Europe and North America in the future, the hybrid-electric vehicle is at the forefront of Mazda’s greener future. In fact, by 2030, all Mazda combustion engines will benefit from reduced emissions and higher efficiency, thanks to hybrid electric systems. Now that’s smart tech.


The MX-30 is just one part of Mazda’s commitment to pursuing the path to climate neutrality.

The lightweight 35kWh battery can be charged from 20% to 80% in a sprightly 36 minutes on rapid charge, then go on to cover up to 165 miles of city driving or 124 miles out on the open road.

The battery that powers the MX-30’s motor is reasonably sized, too. This helps the vehicle offset the emissions created during production for a true, emission-free Jinba Ittai experience.

Words Ed Cooper

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