March 13, 2007

Mazda delivers hydrogen RX-8 to Japan Automobile Research Institute

Hiroshima, Japan – Mazda Motor Corporation has delivered a dual-fuel RX-8 Hydrogen RE vehicle, which runs on either gasoline or hydrogen, to the Japan Automobile Research Institute (JARI). The rotary-engine vehicle has a switch that allows the driver to select either fuel.

JARI is working with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization to establish codes and standards for a hydrogen economy project. The RX-8 will be used as part of its R&D activities to review the regulations regarding the safety of hydrogen vehicles, establish examination and evaluation techniques, and create proposals for international standards. The hydrogen will come mainly from JARI’s own station at its facility in Tsukuba City.

Mazda is independently developing rotary-engine hydrogen cars as part of its effort to promote an environmentally friendly society. It attained approval to test the vehicle on public roads in October 2004; since March 2006, it has supplied six vehicles to government and private enterprises for use in various events and initiatives. The company also conducted cold-weather testing in Hokkaido Prefecture in February. The JARI vehicle is the seventh RX-8 Hydrogen RE that Mazda has supplied.

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