Separately, Mazda has also announced that it will display and demonstrate its hydrogen rotary vehicles at the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit in July 2008. The Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid will debut alongside the previously released RX-8 Hydrogen RE at the summit's Environmental Showcase*1.
Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid
Akihiro Kashiwagi, Mazda's program manager in charge of hydrogen RE development, said, "We are committed to improving the performance of our hydrogen rotary engine vehicles to help promote a more eco-friendly place for the automobile in society. Getting permission from the transportation authorities in Japan to begin public road testing the Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid in time for the Hokkaido Toyako Summit is extremely significant, because the eyes of the world will be focused on Japan's environmental technologies. Going forward, we will continue to advance our development program and strive to start commercial leasing during this fiscal year."
The Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid incorporates the acclaimed dual-fuel system*2 from the RX-8 Hydrogen RE, which became the world's first commercially available hydrogen rotary engine vehicle in 2006. The Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid also features a hybrid system that combines an electric motor with Mazda's hydrogen rotary engine to realize significantly enhanced performance. Mazda's other environmental technologies showcased on the vehicle include "Mazda Biotechmaterials." Used for some of the vehicle's interior plastic parts and seat covers, these plant-derived materials contribute to reduced CO2 emissions.
Under its Sustainable Zoom-Zoom environmental plan, Mazda is dedicated to pursuing harmony between driving pleasure and environmental and safety features, while working toward an advanced Zoom-Zoom future by developing vehicles that "look inviting to drive, are fun to drive, and make you want to drive again."
*1 The Environmental Showcase is an exhibition and demonstration of Japan's latest environmental and energy-saving technologies that will be held at the International Media Center for journalists covering the Hokkaido Toyako Summit.
*2 The dual-fuel system allows the driver to select either hydrogen or gasoline fuel with the push of a button.
Main specifications of the Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid
Base model Mazda Premacy Overall length 4595 mm Overall width 1745 mm Overall height 1620 mm Base engine Mazda Hydrogen rotary engine (with dual-fuel system) Motor Alternating current synchronous motor Maximum output 110 kW Generator Alternating current synchronous generator Battery Lithium ion (Li-ion) Seating capacity Five passengers Fuel Hydrogen and gasoline Hydrogen tank 35 MPa high-pressure tank
History of Mazda's hydrogen vehicle development
1991 Developed first hydrogen rotary engine vehicle, HR-X 1992 Conducted test drive of golf cart equipped with fuel cell 1993 Developed second hydrogen rotary engine vehicle, HR-X2
Developed MX-5 test vehicle equipped with hydrogen rotary engine 1995 Conducted Japan's first public road tests of a hydrogen rotary engine vehicle, the Capella Cargo. 1997 Developed Demio FC-EV 2001 Developed Premacy FC-EV, conducted first public road test in Japan (Methanol reforming fuel cell system) 2003 Announced RX-8 hydrogen rotary engine development 2004 Received MLIT approval for public road testing of RX-8 Hydrogen RE 2006 Started commercial leasing of the RX-8 Hydrogen RE in Japan 2007 Signed agreement to provide 30 RX-8 Hydrogen REs to Hynor, a Norwegian national project 2008 Received MLIT approval for public road testing of the Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid
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