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September 22, 2023

Yes, The Mazda CX-90 (And CX-60) Can Run On Electric Power Alone

Mazda’s M Hybrid isn’t like any other 48-volt hybrid system, it seems. This interesting fact was revealed during the CX-90’s Philippine debut and was shared by Mazda Philippines president and CEO Steven Tan.

Tan revealed that unlike other 48-volt hybrid systems, the M Hybrid system fitted in the CX-60 and CX-90 doesn’t use a belt-driven starter generator. Instead, engineers managed to fit a small electric motor between the combustion engine and the eight-speed automatic. As a result, it has its own quoted outputs: 16.6 horsepower (16.9 PS) and 153 Nm of torque.

The presence of the electric motor is one of the reasons why Mazda shifted from a traditional torque converter gearbox to a multi-plate clutch with a planetary gearset. The clutches—there are two of them—control the operation between the engine and motor. Crucially, the 48-volt M Hybrid system enables the CX-60 and CX-90 to run on pure electric power in certain circumstances.

Aside from coasting to a halt with the combustion engine shut off, a typical ability of hybrids, both the CX-60 and CX-90 can run up to 40 km/h for 50 seconds on electric power alone. Mind you, that’s with the 0.33-kWh lithium-ion battery topped up to at least a 70 percent charge.

The bottom line here is that not all mild hybrids are built the same way as Tan himself admits that the Mazda3 M Hybrid and CX-30 M Hybrid can’t run on electric power alone. However, when it comes to the Large Product vehicles—the CX-60 and CX-90, Mazda’s electrification effort is just a cut above the rest.


  1. Don’t they should mention it runs on electric it’s a bit deceiving.

    1. Ever since, Mazda's marketing is based on deception and hype.

    2. That's why Mazda is not even a globally famous brand just like Suzuki and Isuzu are, in fact while the MX-5 (Miata in North America) has been the longest-running convertible since it was introduced in 1989 (which is also the only longest-running product that was introduced during the time Mazda was under Ford ownership as a result), it seems Mazda (along with Subaru, Isuzu and Suzuki and as well as Daihatsu and Hino) may not be likely to survive while being under Toyota's umbrella because none of Mazda's products are being chosen to be bought by many and even Mazda too isn't even likely to act as a substitute to Lexus for Toyota either.

      Given how Mazda is based in Hiroshima, which is miles away from the eastern portion of Japan, then of course contacts with fellow carmakers based on that part of the country are quite poor and instead its quite possible for Mazda to go out of business like Ford — which previously owned a stake in Mazda — notably did with Edsel and Mercury. (Of course Toyota could run Mazda out of business so it would've made sense for Toyota to own such a large-scale company they share the same nationality with like Nissan instead of the latter does with Renault since it comes from a country that's geographically far from Japan like France.)


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