Plug-in Hybrids (PHEV). Harmony in technology

  • 2023-05-19

It’s time to get innovations out on the road. The future is already here in Mazda’s model range.

Fuel-efficiency, low-emissions, pleasant to drive and to be driven in. These are the words best describing the essence of Mazda Plug-in Hybrid cars (PHEVs). Designed by combining the long tradition of Japanese engineering with state-of-the-art modern technology, Mazda PHEVs are set to redraw the map of your driving experience. 

Feel the great dynamics when behind the wheel while simultaneously enjoying low fuel consumption figures with the MX-30 R-EV plug-in hybrid, made exclusively for the European Market. Or hop in the spacious CX-60 PHEV to enjoy the very same qualities. Experience how travel comfort blends with pleasant driving dynamics. 

What is a plug-in hybrid - PHEV? 

The acronym PHEV stands for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle. These cars have a powertrain that combines both an internal combustion engine and an electric motor. In a Plug-in hybrid, these systems work in harmony and can offer the best of both worlds. PHEVs can run on electricity only, or on an internal combustion engine only.

Mazda plug-in hybrids offer

- Great fuel economy

- Excellent driving dynamics

- Adaptability to the driver’s needs in real-world conditions

- Suitability for urban, highway or mixed driving.

How does a PHEV work?

A plug-in hybrid works by prioritizing the electric motor for short distance driving. The electric motor is powered by electricity from a special, rechargeable battery pack. When the battery discharges or reaches its capacity (e.g. a certain speed), the internal combustion engine takes over. This prevents the electric motor from running inefficiently, and wasting energy. This harmonious switching ensures pleasant driving dynamics even at higher speeds. 

In short, the PHEV powertrain tries to use electricity first. Your car will start in electric-only mode and try to use only electric power at low speeds, increasing fuel-efficiency as a result.

PHEVs are rechargeable while driving and from an external source. This is done by plugging it to an external power source such as a charging station or a standard wall socket. This means that a Mazda PHEV can be easily charged at home.

Benefits of PHEVs

What are the benefits offered by the CX-60, one of the most popular PHEVs in the Mazda range?


The CX-60 plug-in hybrid SUV delights with excellent driving dynamics and a low CO2 emissions footprint. When measured in hybrid mode, the CO2 emissions are just 33 g/km*, much lower than you could expect from a full-sized SUV. A car for tomorrow, available today!

*2.5-litre E-SKYACTIV PHEV engine with an 8-speed automatic gearbox.


Together, the electric and internal combustion engines produce 327 HP and 500 Nm of torque. This enables the CX-60 PHEV to accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 5.8 seconds*. That's by far the best figure in the Mazda range!

*2.5-litre E-SKYACTIV PHEV configuration.


It's more than just a spacious SUV. It's more than just a pioneer that overcomes challenges. On electric power alone, your CX-60 E-SKYACTIV PHEV 2.5 will cover 63 km*, and with a full tank of fuel, you'll be able to go hundreds of kilometers**.

*-Energy consumption is 17.1 kWh/100 km

**- Combined fuel consumption is 1.5 l/100 km.

The new MX-30 R-EV – fully charged for everyday driving

Mazda has added the MX-30 R-EV Europe-only city SUV to its range of plug-in hybrids. As is typical of Mazda, the manufacturer has not shied away from making bold engineering decisions to create maximum value for drivers and owners.

This plug-in hybrid uses the now iconic Mazda's calling card - the rotary engine. This technology is of course made famous by Mazda's sporty RX models and the Le Mans winning 787B. In the new MX-30 R-EV, the rotary engine acts as a generator. The wheels are always driven by an electric motor, so efficiency is high and emissions are low.

When it comes to determine which plug-in hybrids stand out in terms of innovation, the MX-30 R-EV comes out on top.



The attractive Mazda MX-30 R-EV is built in Japan and stands out as a truly exceptional plug-in hybrid car. It draws its own line between a hybrid and an electric car. It combines the economy and efficiency of an EV, while retaining many of the benefits of an internal combustion engine. It is a prime example of how combustion and electric motors can work in synergy even in unique configurations.

Technology perfected over five decades

For half a century, Mazda has been striving to be at the forefront of engineering excellence. This dedication to progress has given birth to the legendary rotary engine, Mazda's symbol of engineering innovation. Now we are proud to present the MX-30 R-EV, where this well-known technology is reborn, employed as a cutting-edge generator. This remarkable fusion of past experience and commitment to future innovation demonstrates Mazda's commitment to fundamentally bettering the driving experience for all drivers. With the MX-30 R-EV, we are celebrating our heritage and building for the future by offering a harmonious blend of power, efficiency and sustainability, driven by the heart of the rotary engine.

This engine has a 50 liter tank and a 17.8 kWh lithium-ion battery. This means that the generator will produce enough energy for a range of over 600 km*.

*Based on MX-30 R-EV consumption in mixed driving mode. 1.0 l /100 km.

Union of technology, urbanity and sustainability

One look at the Mazda MX-30 R-EV and there's no doubt that it's a member of the Mazda car family with a sleek, modern look.

The new interpretation of the Kodo design fuses minimalism and futuristic touches with everyday practicality and eye-pleasing details. Sporty on one side, refined and restrained on the other. Not afraid to show what it’s about when it needs to.

The powertrain in this model always uses electricity to drive the wheels and a rotary engine to charge the electrical systems.

When inside the cabin you experience only silence, comfort and maximum driving pleasure.

Human Modern design philosophy and the Japanese craftsmen-inspired Freestyle, wide-opening doors means that this car always stands out from the crowd.



The main difference between a regular hybrid and a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) is their charging capability and the range they can cover on electricity alone.

In a regular hybrid Mazda car like the 2 Hybrid, the battery is recharged using regenerative braking and the internal combustion engine. This results in higher fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions compared to a conventional petrol-powered car.

And plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models, such as the CX-60, are equipped with a system that allows the battery to be recharged from an external power supply. This means that you can expect to have a much longer electric-only range. This feature allows shorter journeys to be driven using only electric power only, resulting in even greater fuel efficiency and lower environmental impact. In essence, Mazda PHEVs offer the flexibility to choose between electric and petrol power while optimizing efficiency and performance. Regular hybrids have the same capacities, only more limited.

While the 2 Hybrid is a small, regular hybrid car and the CX-60 can be either a plug-in diesel hybrid or a petrol PHEV, both deliver similar benefits in different ways. Once behind the wheel, you can travel more efficiently and be much friendlier to the environment.


However, there are some differences between these hybrids. For example, Mazda plug-in hybrids will give you a number of benefits and advantages. You can benefit from them almost every day or for occasional trips.

 Avoid Traffic Jams

Choose a PHEV from Mazda's range and you'll be able to get designated EV plates. This gives you access to A and A+ and EV-only lanes in cities.

Bypass traffic jams and save time.

Free Parking

To promote electrification in car fleets, some cities are offering free parking for EV and PHEV drivers.

Especially if you are a frequent visitor to city centers or if you work there, you can save a lot every week.

Comfort in each kilometer

Whether you're driving in the morning or late at night, you'll be able to get around very quietly without making unnecessary noise. The Mazda CX-60 can be put into electric drive mode. This will allow you to move in comfort and silence without disturbing your neighbors or loved ones. Concentrate on the comfort of modern life.

Advantages of technology in Hybrid - PHEV MAZDA cars

The technological innovations that make Mazda's PHEV hybrids stand out are at the forefront of the list of reasons which allow these cars be the choice of automobile for many drivers and owners.

Working in harmony, the electric and 2.5-litre petrol or 3.3-litre diesel engines create an unforgettable driving experience.  It is technology that makes hybrids like the CX-60 meet all the needs of drivers and passengers. That's what should make you smile every time you get behind the wheel of the Mazda CX-60.

Responsive transmission

The car's power is very manageable in real-life conditions thanks to the 4WD powertrain and an 8-speed automatic transmission. These technologies guarantee smooth driving in various conditions. Both the acceleration and agile tackling of bends will be a pleasure.


The Mazda CX-60 embodies the essence of true driving personalisation. The innovative Mazda Driver Personalisation System intelligently recognises individual drivers and instantly adjusts the seats, mirrors and steering wheel, configuring everything to the ideal position. This ensures that every time you get behind the wheel, your comfort is at the forefront, reinforcing your connection with CX-60.

Safety with a capital “S”

Systems such as i-Adaptive Cruise Control (i-ACC) and SCBS (Smart City Brake Support) - collision warning - reduce the likelihood of a mistake and keep you out of trouble.

At the same time, these technologies make it easier to navigate even rush hour traffic and feel more relaxed when behind the wheel.