We don't have a clue what 2018 has in store for us, but automakers' product plans extend well into the future, giving us a glimpse of what may or may not come. Automotive News reports that Mazda is planning to offer an electric vehicle in the United States by 2018, in part to satisfy California's zero-emissions vehicle requirements.

Mazda engineer Mitsuru Fujinaka reportedly told AN that the regulations make a U.S.-bound EV a near certainty, adding, "otherwise, we can't sell in California." And since California has the highest population of any state in the Union, we're thinking Mazda doesn't want to lose such a huge market. Of course, 2018 is more of a deadline than a target, so it's possible that Mazda could offer an EV in the U.S. before then.

The U.S.-bound Mazda EV may be a long way away, but that doesn't mean the automaker doesn't already have electrification plans underway in its home country. In the spring, Mazda will begin leasing an all-electric version of the Demio (the Mazda2 in the U.S.), which offers a range of 124 miles and a top speed of 87 miles per hour. The Demio will be a lease-only affair with a planned monthly take rate in the three-digit territory. The Demio EV can fast charge in 30 minutes, and a full charge takes about eight hours.

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      By 2018 if the specs stay the same, purchasing that Mazda EV will make as much sense as walking out of Best Buy with a new BlackBerry in your hand.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope they get an EV here well before 2018!
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      Anyone know if the Mazda 2 SkyActive is going to ship outside of Japan any time soon? o_O That thing's supposedly very fuel economical.
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      By 2018 the average-sized American won't be able to fit in the front seat of a Mazda2
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      Polly Prissy Pants
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      Umm, they do realize this is 2011, right?
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      Mazda, showing up to the party fashionably late. Actually correction, saying that they might show up real late. Follow the leader mentality won't get you too far in this competitive market.
      • 3 Years Ago
      In my opinon Mazda and Subaru are both underrated compared to Toyota, Honda and Nissan. I`d buy either of the two before I`d buy from the other three.
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