Next year Mazda’s first electric car, the MX-30 is going to arrive. When Mazda unveiled the MX-30 two months ago, it revealed that it will be powered by a 35.5 kWh battery pack. That means that the MX-30 won’t have a driving range as long as rivals, like the Chevy Bolt and Hyundai Kona EV and now we know why.

Mazda MX-30

Mazda has revealed to Automotive News that it prioritized driving dynamics over a longer driving range, which is why it went with a smaller battery pack for the MX-30. The smaller battery pack will keep the MX-30’s weight in check, which will make it more agile than some of its rivals. While the Mazda MX-30 will be a bit more enjoyable to drive, it will likely only have a driving range around 124 miles on Europe’s WLTP cycle. It remains to be seen if buyers will choose it over some of its rivals that can drive further on a single charge.

If buyers do need a longer driving range, Mazda is going to add a small rotary engine as a range extender that will recharge the battery. The range extender will be added in 2021, but right now we do not know how much longer range it will add.