Mazda SKYACTIV-X Engines

Mazda SKYACTIV-X Engines

Now the petrol engine is more environmentally friendly than electric

Revolutionising how we think about petrol engines and battery-powered powertrains, Mazda has developed the SKYACTIV-X engine. The technology for the SKYACTIV-X engine is so advanced that it will show a significant reduction over electric vehicles in CO2 emissions, when the whole chain of emissions is properly taken into account, rather than the somewhat simplistic approach of only considering tailpipe emissions. The ground-breaking SKYACTIV-X engine will debut in 2019 and represents a challenge to every other vehicle manufacturer both technically and in the way they promote their green credentials. For more on these radical SKYACTIV-X engines, please send us an enquiry.

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The main technological innovation that produces such improvements in CO2 efficiency in the SKYACTIV-X engine is the way in which Mazda has combined the advantages of a petrol and a diesel engine. Called Spark Controlled Compression Ignition or SPCCI, the new system causes the fuel-air mixture to ignite spontaneously when compressed by the piston. In addition to producing major reductions in CO2 emissions, the SKYACTIV-X engine will offer increased torque of up to 30% when compared with Mazda’s current SKYACTIV-G technology, as well as delivering exceptional performance and acceleration.

Most electricity is produced using fossil fuels, so although electric cars are usually quoted as being super clean with zero emissions, in fact, when the effects of burning dirty fuels to produce electricity are taken into account, there is still a heavy CO2-emission toll on the environment. Mazda is working with the concept of Well-to-Wheel, where CO2 emissions throughout the creation and use of the fuel used to power a car are taken into account to produce much more accurate CO2 emissions figures.

Looking to the future and with a desire to reduce Well-to-Wheel CO2 emissions, Mazda has developed the SKYACTIV-X engine technology and will also be producing an EV and a mild hybrid car in 2019, as well as a plug-in hybrid in 2025.

SKYACTIV-X: The X-Factor in Reducing CO2 Emissions

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