March 26, 2009
Hiroshima, Japan – Mazda Motor Corporation has started commercial leasing of the Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid in Japan, becoming the world’s first auto manufacturer to begin commercial leasing of a hydrogen hybrid vehicle.
The first units will be delivered to local government authorities and energy-related companies during 2009.
The Premacy is Mazda’s second hydrogen rotary engine model to be commercialized, following the RX-8 Hydrogen RE. The Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid features a series-type hybrid drivetrain, combining Mazda’s hydrogen rotary engine with an electric motor. The engine output is converted to electricity, which then powers the motor that drives the wheels.
The hybrid system boosts the hydrogen fuel range to 200 km, twice the range of the RX-8 Hydrogen RE, and increases the maximum output to 110 kw, an improvement of about 40 per cent. A proprietary dual-fuel system enables the car to run on gasoline if hydrogen is unavailable.