The all-electric Mazda MX-30 as soon as once more appeared in Mazda’s gross sales stats in January, though the numbers stay fairly low.

The Japanese firm stories 9 Mazda MX-30 gross sales, which is 73 p.c lower than a yr in the past (33), and only a small fraction out of the 22,967 Mazda automobiles offered in the USA in the course of the month.

It is laborious to say what’s the plan for the brand new 2023 mannequin yr model. The one electrical Mazda in the marketplace was absent for the 5 earlier months. The newest result’s one of the best since six months in the past when the 2022 mannequin yr was “offered out.”

Does this imply that we are going to see double- or triple-digit outcomes sooner or later? Properly, perhaps.

In 2022, Mazda offered a complete of 324 MX-30, whereas the cumulative quantity is 514 (in 17 months).

The restricted method – short-range mannequin (solely 100 miles in response to EPA), out there solely in California and in low quantity – makes the Mazda MX-30 a compliance electrical automotive.

The most important challenge shifting ahead would be the Inflation Discount Act of 2022 (IRA), which implies that the mannequin (identical to different imported plug-ins) won’t be eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit score. For a mannequin with an MSRP of $34,110 (+$1,275), that is a considerable drawback. Beforehand, the 2022 MX-30 began at $33,470 (+$1,175).

Mazda says that long-range electrical automobiles usually are not sustainable, however the Mazda MX-30’s gross sales end result doesn’t appear to be too electrifying.

In January, the corporate launched in Europe the Mazda MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV plug-in hybrid (sequence hybrid with a 17.8-kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery and recharging functionality). It is going to be very fascinating to see whether or not the hybrid MX-30 will make any splash in Europe later this yr and whether or not it’ll even be launched in North America.

If not, then we must wait till 2028-2030 for correct all-electric Mazda automobiles.