Mazda has leased two more of its bi-fuel hydrogen-gasoline RX-8 Hydrogen RE vehicles (earlier post), one each going to the government authorities of the City of Hiroshima and Hiroshima Prefecture. (Mazda is based in Hiroshima.)
In March, Mazda announced its first two such leases, those going to two corporate customers: Idemitsu Kosan Company and Iwatani international Corporation. (Earlier post.)
The rotary-engine RX-8 Hydrogen RE model features a bi-fuel system that allows the driver to select either gasoline or hydrogen fuel with the flick of a switch.
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.
|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)|
Mazda plans to lease up to ten such vehicles with other fleet customers, including local governments and energy companies, by the end of 2006, and intends to continue its independent development of rotary engine-powered hydrogen vehicles.