Mazda has announced at the Global Tech Forum in Frankfurt that all its future cars will be electrified by 2035. This doesn’t mean that all its cars will be electric, of course, but with variations of mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid or zero-emission EV vehicles, according to an AutoExpress report.

Interestingly, the 18-year game plan excludes any plans of producing fuel cell vehicles to rival the Honda Clarity, Toyota Mirai, Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell and Hyundai FCEV. For now, that is.

This comes on the back of a renewed agreement between Toyota and Mazda, whose partnership will see them co-develop EVs for specific market trends and regulations. Either way, we’ll see the first result in 2019 with an all-electric car – possibly fitted with a rotary range extender – and mild hybrid versions for Mazda’s core models.

In 2021, the company will begin rolling out plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs). The decision to focus on a dedicated EV instead of a PHEV first is due to the changing regulations of key global markets, where a full EV is deemed more important, according to Ichiro Hirose, Mazda’s managing executive officer for powertrain development.

Exactly a month ago, Mazda released details of its SkyActiv-X powertrain, incorporating compression ignition technology (a typical tech found in diesel engines, but never in petrol) that is said to improve engine efficiency by up to 30% over the current SkyActiv-G mills. In fact, it may even be more efficient than the existing SkyActiv-D engines!

According to the report, Mazda also plans to make autonomous driving tech a standard feature for all its cars by 2025, with first phase of introduction slated for 2021.