|The hydrogen RX-8|
Mazda has moved up the start of leasing of its hydrogen RX-8 in Japan to the beginning of next year—almost a year earlier than initially planned.
The hydrogen RX-8 (earlier post), which will be featured at the upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon 2006, is a dual-fuel system that uses onboard hydrogen or gasoline, injecting hydrogen gas directly into the engine via an electronic control unit embedded in the rotor housing.
Future versions of the hydrogen RX-8 will see an implementation of the Mazda mild hybrid system.
In keeping with its focus on hydrogen rotary internal combustion engines, Mazda will also be showing the previously introduced hydrogen hybrid Mazda5/Premacy RE concept vehicle which also uses the mild hybrid system (earlier post) at the upcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.