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Mazda Delivers First Rotary Hydrogen Vehicles to Corporate Customer Fleets
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 - 8:41pm

- RX-8 Hydrogen RE features a hydrogen or gasoline dual-fuel system -

HIROSHIMA, Japan
--Mazda Motor Corporation has delivered one RX-8 Hydrogen RE vehicle each to its first two corporate customers for this model, Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, and Iwatani International Corporation in Osaka, Japan. RX-8 Hydrogen RE cars are equipped with a rotary engine and feature a dual-fuel system that allows the driver to select either hydrogen or gasoline with the flick of a switch. The vehicles that have been leased to Mazda's first two corporate fleet customers are based on Mazda's original body design but with specially added company decals for each customer's use. The delivery of these vehicles for fleet use marks the world's first case of leasing an internal combustion engine vehicle that can use both hydrogen and gasoline as fuel.









Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE
(Top: Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd version.)
(Bottom: Iwatani International Corporation version)






Akihiro Kashiwagi, RX-8 Hydrogen RE development program manager, said, "We're pleased to deliver these hydrogen rotary engine vehicles for fleet use in these two companies, which are participating in the Japan Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Demonstration Project (JHFC) and are actively engaged in advancing further uses of hydrogen energy. And we are looking forward to hearing feedback from our customers about the cars. Mazda will continue its efforts to improve the performance of hydrogen-fueled rotary engine vehicles and do its part to help achieve a more environmentally friendly hydrogen energy society in the future."




Specifications and lease price of Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE






Vehicle
Type
Mazda ABA-SE3P 'Kai' (modified model)


Overall length/width/height
4.435mm / 1.770mm / 1.340mm


Wheelbase

2,700mm


Curb weight
1,460kg


Seating capacity
4 adults


Engine

Class
RENESIS hydrogen rotary engine


(Dual fuel system)


Type
13B


Displacement

0.654L x 2


Maximum output



Hydrogen  


80kW (109PS)


Gasoline  


154kW (210PS)





Maximum torque



Hydrogen  


140Nm (14.3kgm)


Gasoline  


222Nm (22.6kgm)





Fuel
Type

Hydrogen/gasoline switch


Fuel tank



Hydrogen  


110L/35MPa (350 bar) high pressure hydrogen tank


Gasoline  


61L





Performance
Cruising distance(10-15 mode)



Hydrogen  


100km


Gasoline  


549km





*Standard lease price(Price without tax indicated in brackets.)

420,000 yen (400,000 yen) per month




  

*

Monthly lease payment for the 30-month lease period.




<Reference> Mazda's hydrogen vehicle development milestones






1991
Developed the first hydrogen rotary engine vehicle, HR-X


1992
Test drive of golf cart equipped with fuel cell


1993

Developed second hydrogen rotary engine vehicle, HR-X2


Developed test version of MX-5 equipped with hydrogen rotary engine


1995
Conducted Japan's first public road test with Capella Cargo equipped with hydrogen rotary engine


1997
Developed Demio (Mazda2) FC-EV



2001
Developed Premacy FC-EV and conducted first public road test in Japan (with methanol reformer fuel cell system)


2003
Announced Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen Rotary Engine vehicle development model


2004
Conducted the world's first public road tests of the RX-8 hydrogen rotary engine that can run on two types of fuel--hydrogen and gasoline

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