When Mazda announced its SKYACTIV technology, it proclaimed that the sole purpose of this technology was to offer the most dynamic and engaging vehicles that would offer a level of Mazda fuel economy that would be unparalleled by its competitors.
At first, the public didn't know how to respond to this claim, but less than two years after it was released, SKYACTIV helped to propel Mazda as being rated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as the most fuel efficient auto manufacturer in the United States back in 2013. Now in 2014, the EPA proclaimed that Mazda Motor Corporation has maintained its status for the second consecutive year.
What is SKYACTIV Technology All About?
Mazda proclaimed that the purpose of implementing SKYACTIV technology in all its upcoming fleet of vehicles, was to provide the ultimate level of efficiency without compromising performance.
Many auto-manufacturers choose to implement, diesel engines within their vehicles because it is able to generate an abundance of torque to allow your vehicle to perform at a high level. Mazda reinvented their engines on a molecular level and introduced lightweight parts, which allows the vehicle to run smoother, quieter and essentially utilize a smaller amount of fuel than a traditional engine.
i-Eloop Regenerative Braking System
When you think about the many factors that cause you to loose fuel, the last thing that you would think of, is 'braking'. But alas, each and every time you hit the brakes, it costs fuel to do so. One of the other factors that helped this manufacturer to be rated as the most fuel efficient manufacturer in the US, is their i-Eloop regenerative braking system.
The i-Eloop braking system essentially takes your car's kinetic energy and converts it into electricity. Essentially, every time you slow down, the i-Eloop system takes that kinetic energy that occurs, every time you hit the brakes and convert it into usable energy. This electricity is stored and used to power your car's electronics, which would normally rely on the fuel of your vehicle. The end result of this is that, you are able to receive a 5% better fuel economy.
SKYACTIV Body and Chassis
Another factor that comes into play pertaining to the maximum fuel economy that you are able to attain is the weight of the vehicle. Simply said, the more the vehicle weighs, the more fuels it needs to propel itself. With the SKYACTIV Body and Chassis technology, Mazda has been able to increase body rigidity by 30%, which allows for better handling and a weight reduction of 220 pounds. The end result of this is that, the vehicle is able to achieve superior agility at lower speeds and more stability at higher speeds, which equates to a lower level of fuel consumption.
The end result of the revolutionary SKYACTIV engine, i-Eloop regenerative braking system and the SKYACTIV Body and Chassis technology, is a vehicle that can give you approximately 28.8 mpg, which is approximately 1.2 mpg higher than the second most fuel efficient manufacturer, Honda.
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