New Patent Application Reveals Detailed Information about Mazda’s Compact Electric Sedan

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By Car Brand Experts

Mazda is lagging behind its rivals in the realm of electrification. The company has only introduced one short-range EV in the United States, the MX-30, and another model, a plug-in hybrid CX-90, is set to be revealed in January. However, a recent patent application filed by Mazda hints at potential changes. The application delves into the structure of a new electric sedan, suggesting it could be a successor to the current Mazda 3.

The focus of the patent is primarily on the car’s body architecture rather than specific technical specifications, which is typical for such filings. Nevertheless, intriguing details about motor placement, battery capacity, and other aspects are highlighted. The general design of the vehicle can also be inferred from the visual representations included in the patent.

An interesting aspect highlighted in the patent relates to the battery. The document suggests that the battery, while capable of providing a decent driving range, is remarkably slim compared to typical battery packs. It is speculated to be either a conventional lithium-ion pack or potentially a cutting-edge solid-state pack, marking a potential breakthrough in automotive technology.

Despite the positioning of the single electric drive motor at the front of the vehicle—a configuration reminiscent of Mazda’s current 3 sedan and hatchback—the patent hints at flexibility. It suggests that the motor placement is not finalized and could vary, including options for front, rear, or dual-axle motor placements to enable all-wheel drive capabilities.

The envisioned vehicle is designed to accommodate four to five occupants and bears a strong resemblance to the existing Mazda 3 sedan in terms of aesthetics. It’s important to note that some images in the application are conceptual placeholders. However, when outlining specific structural aspects for patent protection, Mazda must provide a glimpse into its ongoing engineering efforts.

While the patent does not confirm production plans, it reflects Mazda’s interest in safeguarding innovative concepts. The company has been patenting a range of intriguing ideas, hinting at a potential wave of groundbreaking products from the Japanese manufacturer. Regardless of skepticism surrounding rumors, there often lies truth behind speculation.

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