The Sleuth has it on good authority that the automaker will insert a battery-electric model into its North American lineup, perhaps in the first quarter of 2021. The MX-30, which was originally shown in concept form in late 2019, is a compact utility-style vehicle (think CX-3) with two regular-size doors plus a pair of rear-hinged access doors. An electric motor that powers the front wheels will be supported by a lithium-ion battery pack, presumably located beneath the rear seat. Output, battery charge times and range haven’t been revealed, but you can expect somewhere in the vicinity of 250 miles. Also expect a starting price in the low- to mid-$30,000 range.

The Mazda MX-30 is a compact utility vehicle that, unlike the CX-30, is electric. Note the small rear passenger doors. PHOTO:

Mazda flips the electric switch: