This is another department where Mazda hasn’t followed the herd. Where others have used a large and heavy battery pack for maximum range, the MX-30 concentrates on being efficient by using a smaller and lighter pack (35.5kWh). Its lighter weight also lowers the carbon footprint during production. The compromise is that its range is only 124 miles. But this should still be plenty for most commuters – and charging from 20- to 80% at a 50kW public charger takes just 36 minutes.
If you need additional range, both the Hyundai and the Kia Niro EV are capable of doing more than 280 miles when equipped with their largest battery packs.
Being electric, the MX-30 is subject to just a 1% benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax compared to more than 32% for a conventional petrol or diesel engine. It’s also eligible for the plug-in vehicle grant scheme (PIVG) and Mazda offers a free wallbox charger, too.