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$44,000 Mazda 2 EV to be Leased in Japan

The Demio EV subcompact car comes with a 104 hp electric motor that will propel the 2600 lbs car for about 120 miles or 200 km on one charge. The power consumption is rated at 100 Wh per 100 km. Mazda said that a full charge will take about 8 hours at 200 volts and 15 amperes, while an 80 percent charge is possible within 40 minutes with a 50 kW fast charger.

As all EV vehicles, the Demio isn't cheap: Mazda said it would be asking about $44,000 in Japan, if the car was for sale. For now, however, the vehicle is offered with a lease option only - and there are only 100 cars available that will find their way primarily to government organizations in Western Japan. The idea is to learn from the deployment of the technology to enable the production of a future EV vehicles. "Mazda intends to gain further knowledge of electric drive technology and the usefulness of such products to the customer," a press release stated.

There was no information when the Mazda 2 could become available as an EV. Chief competitors include the Nissan Leaf, which sells from $35,200 in the U.S., as well as the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, which is available from $29,125.