While it’s currently unknown whether this will be a hybrid take on an existing model in Mazda’s lineup or if it will be a brand new model, some intriguing details have emerged about Mazda’s plug-in hybrid vehicle. For one thing, it will use a rotary engine, something that has fallen out of favor with many automakers, but which Mazda has continued to refine to achieve excellent fuel efficiency numbers.
The rotary engine could be ideal for a hybrid vehicle, as it is most efficient when operating under a constant low-rpm load, which in theory makes it a perfect fit for the powertrain of a plug-in hybrid. The idea is this: the rotary engine will be running constantly, which will charge the vehicle’s battery back — this will in turn power an electric motor that moves the vehicle. Of course, the rotary engine could also charge the battery while contributing directly to the movement of the wheels — Chevrolet’s Volt offers an example of this.
The use of a rotary engine in a hybrid could be just the beginning, too. While the design is not known for producing a great deal of torque, it’s more versatile than many other engine types, as it can handle a number of different types of fuel — hydrogen, for instance. A plug-in hybrid could very well be the start of a full-on entry by Mazda into the alternative-
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