First Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid Delivered by Mazda in Japan
"Mazda is delighted to deliver our newest hydrogen rotary engine vehicle to Iwatani, which has been engaged in advancing the further uses of hydrogen energy for many years. Mazda will use the feedback we receive from Iwatani to further improve the performance of hydrogen-fueled rotary engine vehicles as we wish to do our part to achieve a hydrogen energy society in the future," Akihiro Kashiwagi, Mazda's program manager in charge of hydrogen RE development, said.
The Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid can run on both hydrogen and gasoline thanks to a dual-fuel system that was developed for the current RX-8 Hydrogen RE. The addition of a new hybrid system significantly enhances the vehicle's performance and contributes to its increased hydrogen fuel range of 200 kilometers; double that of the RX-8 Hydrogen RE.
The Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid is the second hydrogen rotary engine vehicle to be leased to Iwatani Corporation, following an RX-8 Hydrogen RE that was delivered in March 2006
Speaking of the RX-8, Mazda unveiled in May the Norwegian-specification RX-8 Hydrogen RE at a ceremony in Oslo, with the first vehicles expected to be delivered for leasing in the country as soon as this summer.
According to the press release, this Premacy will be used business purposes at the company's offices in Western Japan, before being relocated to the Japan Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Demonstration Project's (JHFC) Kansai Airport Hydrogen Station, where it will be used at the Kansai International Airport in Osaka and for a variety of other purposes.