Mazda MX-30 DC Charging Test: Peak Rate Is Not Even 40 kW

Fastned recently had the opportunity to test the fast charging performances of the all-new Mazda MX-30, which was supposed to recharge from 0-80% in 40 minutes (using a 50 kW charger).

The battery pack is relatively small – 35.5 kWh for up to 200 km (124 miles) of WLTP range – so even the basic chargers can do the job.

According to the charging curve, the peak is probably around 37 kW. Overall the charging power is pretty flat at about 1C rate up to roughly 55% state-of-charge and then falls linearly to 15 kW near the end.

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Well, it’s probably one of the lowest charging power new BEVs out there. Even the MINI Cooper SE with (32.6 kWh pack) was able to peak at 50 kW and was mostly above 40 kW. For comparison, here is the Nissan LEAF fast charging results (even the 24 kWh version from 2010 was better):

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Mazda’s approach seems to be very basic, but it’s not a car for long-distance driving after all and it has a decent 6.6 kW on-board charger.

Mazda MX-30 specs:

  • 200 km (124 miles) of WLTP range
  • energy consumption of 19 kWh/100 km (62 miles) WLTP
  • 35.5 kWh battery pack (prismatic cells, total nominal voltage of 355 V)
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.7 seconds
  • top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph)
  • front-wheel drive (e-SKYACTIV powertrain)
  • AC synchronous motor: 107 kW (145 PS) and 271 Nm
  • AC charging using 6.6 kW on-board charger
  • DC fast charging (CCS Combo) by 80% in 40 minutes (up to 50 kW)
  • Overall length × overall width × overall height: 4,395mm × 1,795mm × 1,570mm
    Wheelbase 2,655mm
  • curb weight of 1,720–1,750 out of total 2,119 kg permissible

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