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Mazda Delivers First Rotary Hydrogen Vehicles to Corporate Customer Fleets

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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 Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE
Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE
(Left: Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd version. Right: 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
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