15 October 2008

Mazda RX8

Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen takes to the road

15 October 2008 - Mazda Motor Corporation announced today that it has introduced the Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE (Rotary Engine) vehicle to Norway's public roads in collaboration with the Hydrogen Road of Norway (HyNor) project, which aims to establish a clean energy transport system based on hydrogen fuel. On-road validation is prelude to delivery of 30 more vehicles that Mazda will lease to HyNor. This is the first time that a Mazda hydrogen rotary vehicle has been put into regular use on public roads outside of Japan.

The RX-8 Hydrogen RE is an example of Mazda's sustainable strategy of developing technologies that have less of an impact on the environment, and still provide driving enjoyment and safety. Mazda is the only carmaker in the world to mass produce the Renesis rotary engine. Not only does its unique architecture make it better suited to combusting hydrogen than a piston engine, it is relatively easy to convert. The RX-8 Hydrogen RE is also dual-fuel and allows the driver to switch between petrol when need be, and hydrogen where available.

Mazda RX8

"Participation in the HyNor project marks our advancement to the next stage", says Akihiro Kashiwagi, Mazda Program Manager in charge of hydrogen RE development. "We are pleased to be a part of the establishment of a society based on hydrogen energy in Norway. Mazda plans to use the wealth of data and experience that will result from this project for the further development of hydrogen vehicles".