March 1, 2005

Mazda opens hydrogen station in Japan

Hiroshima, Japan – Mazda Motor Corporation recently put a hydrogen filling station into service that will store and supply fuel for the company’s ongoing hydrogen research and development.

The station began operating in early February and is located near the company’s Hiroshima headquarters. It is the first in the Chugoku region of western Japan.

The station supplies fuel to the company’s hydrogen engine test facility and rotary-engined hydrogen experimental vehicles now in road tests. The inventory allows up to 10 vehicles to be filled per day.

Permission from Japan’s Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport came in October 2004 for the public road testing of Mazda’s RX-8 experimental rotary, which can run on hydrogen or gasoline. Mazda’s goal is to sell hydrogen vehicles to the public and to corporations in Japan within two years.

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