The confirmation has finally arrived. We can soon see the electric version of Mazda Demio. But the news is that the EV’s production would be limited to a very small quantity and it would be available only in Japan. The Demio EV features a 20 kWh, 346 V Li-ion battery pack and Mazda coil-switching electric motor with maximum output of 75 kW from 5,200 to 12,000 rpm and maximum torque of 150 N·m (111 lb-ft) from 0–2800 rpm.
The vehicle would be known as the Mazda2 in most places. We expect the automaker to produce more cars once the sales take off.
The Demio EV will be available for leasing, mostly by local governments and corporate customers in the Chugoku region ofWestern Japan, starting in October 2012.