Mazda Motor Corporation plans to complete the electrification of all vehicle models by 2030 and is currently working with various partner companies on a number of research projects related to electrification, which are also intended to stimulate the local economy and contribute to the development of local industry and innovation
Mazda Motor Corporation plans to complete the electrification of all vehicle models by 2030 and is currently working with various partner companies on a number of research projects related to electrification, which are also intended to stimulate the local economy and contribute to the development of local industry and innovation. One of these projects is the joint development and production of electric drives. Mazda agreed to cooperate with a number of companies with relevant expertise, signing a cooperation agreement with Imasen Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Ondo Corporation, Chuo Kasein Co., Inc., Hiroshima Aluminum Industry Co., Ltd. , HIROTEC Corporation, Fukuta Electric & Machinery Co., Ltd. and ROHM Co., Ltd.
Electric drives, consisting of a motor, an inverter with power semiconductors, and a gearbox, are a critical part of the electrification of vehicles. Equally, they are indispensable to the evolution of driving pleasure that Mazda always strives for as the industry moves into a new era in response to electrification and the need to achieve carbon neutrality.
As a first step towards this transformation, Mazda has teamed up with Ondo, Hiroshima Aluminum Industry and HIROTEC to create a joint venture to develop the highly efficient manufacturing technologies required to produce electric drives, as well as the systems required to manufacture and supply these units. Working with local suppliers in the Chugoku region to build and improve the infrastructure needed to produce electric drives will allow Mazda to support industry and employment in the region, contributing to the growth of the local economy.
In keeping with our human-centered design philosophy, Mazda strives to make the most of the unique characteristics of electric vehicles to further enhance the driving experience and maximize driver enjoyment. To achieve this goal, Mazda entered into a joint development agreement with Imasen Electric Industrial and ROHM to develop inverters containing SiC power semiconductors, one of the main components of the electric drive. Mazda has also formed a joint venture with Imasen Electric Industrial to develop inverters and manufacturing technology for components such as printed circuit boards. Mazda also signed a joint development agreement with Fukuta Electric & Machinery to develop advanced engine technology, and established a joint venture with Chuo Kasein and Fukuta Electric & Machinery to study and develop engine technology.
Joining forces with partner companies that possess high-quality technologies will allow Mazda to advance the development of compact, high-performance electric drives that provide a high level of efficiency.
Through the above initiatives, Mazda aims to make significant progress towards achieving carbon neutrality throughout our supply chain by 2050, helping to preserve the global environment and create a sustainable future.
Contract for joint development
- On November 25, 2021, Mazda signed a three-way joint agreement with Imasen Electric Industrial and ROHM on the development and use of semiconductor technology.
- On July 13, 2022, Mazda signed a joint agreement with Fukuta Electric & Machinery to develop advanced motor technology for use in electric vehicles.
|Company name||MHHO Electric Drive Co., Ltd.|
|Address||174-16, Koiso-cho, Minami-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima|
|Summary||Development of highly efficient production technology of electric drives with maximum use of existing means; creation of systems necessary for the production and supply of electric drives|
|The capital||10 million yen|
|Date of establishment||August 10, 2022|
|Investment share||Ondo 30%, Hiroshima Aluminum Industry 30%, HIROTEC 30%, Mazda 10%|
|Company name||Mazda Imasen Electric Drive Co., Ltd.|
|Address||2-14-1, Hachihonmatsuiida, Higashihiroshima City, Hiroshima|
|Summary||Development of inverters for vehicles and other equipment related to electric drives, development of production technology|
|The capital||5 million yen|
|Date of establishment||August 25, 2022|
|Investment share||Imasen Electric Industrial 50%, Mazda 50%|
|Company name||MCF Electric Drive Co., Ltd.|
|Address||5-11-10, Ozu, Minami-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima|
|Summary||Development of advanced technologies of electric motors of vehicles|
|The capital||40 million yen|
|Date of establishment||August 12, 2022|
|Investment share||Mazda 50%, Fukuta Electric & Machinery 40%, Chuo Kasein 10%|
The basis of development and production of electric power units