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by Brett Davis

Mazda has announced it will begin leasing EV versions of the Mazda2 in Japan during the first half of 2012. The Mazda2 Electric will be leased to a number of companies and government organisations that will use the car in the city to see how well its works within Japan’s infrastructure.

The leasing program was also designed to see how well the car and Mazda’s technology performs. No official specifications or details about the car have been released yet, but reports say the car will achieve a range of around 200km on a full charge.

Mazda says that if these studies go well, it will introduce a number of other models as electric versions and use the same leasing program until the models are eventually put onto the market, and made available to private buyers.

It’s all a part of Mazda’s ‘Building Block Strategy’ which aims to provide the future with both environmentally conscious models while improving internal combustion engine efficiency.




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