Mazda Looks to Improve MPG Performance--By Improving Its Batteries

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How often do you think about the battery in your car? The one that helps run those behind-the-scenes features, that gets your engine going, and that really is responsible for a lot?

Probably not very often. Because nobody really talks about the humble battery.

But, the Mazda brand has some big plans for the little component that helps the "Zoom Zoom" happen.

 

The Mazda Car Battery as You Know It

At the moment, Mazda--like most other car companies--is using conventional lead-acid batteries in their models. Invented in 1859, this type of unit is the oldest type of rechargeable battery; and, in general, it does its job just fine. That's why you'll find this type under just about every car hood in America. It's a cheap and easy way to keep everything running.

But, they can be big, bulky, and not quite as efficient.

 

The Mazda Battery of the Future

Mazda is currently working with ELIIY Power and Ube Industries to develop something new: a 12-volt lithium-ion battery that's smaller and lighter, and specifically designed to optimize the already-efficient and responsive performance of Mazda cars like the Mazda3, the Mazda MX-5 Miata, and the new Mazda CX-5.

Some sport and luxury brands do already offer lithium-ion batteries as an option in their performance cars--but it can be a pricey addition.

How much of a difference will it makes for Mazda to equip lithium-ion car batteries vs lead-acid car batteries? Only time will tell.



 

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