Mazda Begins Leasing Dual-Fuel Hydrogen Vehicle
15 February 2006
|RX-8 Hydrogen RE|
Mazda Motor Corporation has begun leasing the RX-8 Hydrogen RE (earlier post) to its first two corporate customers: Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd. and Iwatani International Corporation, both companies operating in the energy sector.
The RX-8 Hydrogen RE is equipped with a rotary engine, and features a dual-fuel system that allows the driver to select either hydrogen or gasoline with the flick of a switch.
Each company has leased one vehicle—the first lease contracts of a hydrogen-powered rotary engine equipped vehicle in the world. Delivery will take place in late March 2006.
By the end of 2006, Mazda plans to lease about 10 RX-8 Hydrogen RE cars to local government and energy companies.
The standard monthly lease price is ¥420,000 (US$3,574) with tax included (¥400,000/month (US$3,407 without tax ) which is almost half the monthly lease price of a fuel cell vehicle already available in Japan.
Employing a dual-fuel system, the Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE can run on either high-pressure hydrogen gas or gasoline, allowing the car to be driven in remote areas where hydrogen fueling stations are not readily available, easing driver concerns about running out of fuel.
|Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE|
|Engine||RENESIS hydrogen rotary|
|Power||154 kW (206 hp)||80 kW (107 hp)|
|Torque||222 Nm||140 Nm|
|Fuel tank||61 liters (16 gallons US)||110 liters@35 Mpa (350 bar)|
|Range||549 km (341 miles)||100 km (62.1 miles)|
The RENESIS Hydrogen RE incorporates an electronically controlled hydrogen gas injector system. The system draws air from the side port during the intake cycle and uses dual hydrogen injectors in each of the engine’s twin rotor housings to directly inject hydrogen into the intake chambers.
For future versions of the rotary hydrogen cars, Mazda plans to incorporate the RENESIS hydrogen rotary engine with the emerging Mazda Hybrid System and an electric-motor-assisted turbocharger to enhance efficiency as well as the driving experience.
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