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Mazda Builds First RX-8 Hydrogen RE for Norway

Mazda Motor Corporation has built the first Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE vehicle with Norwegian specifications, developed specifically for participation in HyNor, Norway’s national hydrogen project. (Earlier post.)

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Norwegian-specification Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE. Click to enlarge.

The first unit will take part in ceremonies on 11 May marking the official opening of HyNor’s hydrogen filling stations. The RX-8 Hydrogen RE will then undergo certification to meet local standards and will be used for maintenance staff training. Mazda plans to commence leasing of Norwegian specification RX-8 Hydrogen RE models in Norway in summer 2009.

Unlike the RX-8 Hydrogen RE currently being leased in Japan, the HyNor-specification Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE is based on the latest European-specification Mazda RX-8 with left-hand drive and a manual transmission.

The HyNor project (earlier post) aims to enable hydrogen vehicles to travel along a 580-kilometer (360-mile) stretch of highway by establishing a chain of hydrogen stations between Stavanger and Oslo in Norway. Mazda agreed to collaborate with HyNor on the project in November 2007 and began validation of the RX-8 Hydrogen RE’s driving performance on Norwegian public roads in October 2008.

Comments

SJC

Given the sealing problems with Wankel engines, it seems odd that you would put a small molecule like H2 into it. Maybe I am not seeing this correctly and high pressure H2 will be no problem, but I wonder.

Andrey Levin

Stratified charge of H2 at the center of combustion chamber?

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