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Mazda revives rotary engine to extend range of electric cars

Automaker to release its MX-30 SUV equipped with the iconic motor later this year

The MX-30's rotary engine will generate electricity to power the electric motor and other systems in the car. (Photo courtesy of the company) 

TOKYO -- Mazda Motor is planning to revive its iconic rotary engine in a plug-in hybrid car by the end of this year as it attempts to simultaneously please fans and cope with tougher environmental rules in its main markets, such as Europe.

This time, the rotary engine itself will not actually propel the car. Instead, it will generate electricity to power the electric motor and other systems in the car. Mazda aims to make all of its cars electric by 2030.

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