Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE

Mazda has built an RX-8 Hydrogen RE with Norwegian specifications for Norway’s HyNor project. The project establishes a hydrogen filling infrastructure along a 360-mile stretch of highway between Oslo and Stravenger. The hydrogen-fueled RX-8 was unveiled to the public on May 11, 2009 in Oslo, Norway during the opening ceremonies of the HyNor filling stations.

Following is the full press release from Mazda –

HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation today announced that it has built the first Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE vehicle with Norwegian specifications, developed specifically for participation in HyNor, Norway’s national hydrogen project.


The first unit will take part in ceremonies marking the official opening of HyNor’s hydrogen filling stations. The initial opening ceremony was held in Oslo on May 11, 2009. 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 aims to enable hydrogen vehicles to travel along a 580-kilometer 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.

 

History of Mazda’s hydrogen vehicle development:-
1991    Developed first hydrogen rotary engine vehicle, HR-X
1992    Conducted test drive of golf cart equipped with fuel cell
1993    Developed second hydrogen rotary engine vehicle, HR-X2
            Developed MX-5 test vehicle equipped with hydrogen rotary engine
1995    Conducted Japan’s first public road tests of a hydrogen rotary engine   vehicle, Capella Cargo
1997    Developed Demio FC-EV
2001   Developed Premacy FC-EV, conducted first public road test in Japan
2003   Announced RX-8 Hydrogen RE prototype
2004   Received MLIT approval for public road testing of RX-8 Hydrogen RE
2006   Started commercial leasing of RX-8 Hydrogen RE in Japan (eight models have been delivered to date)
2007   Signed agreement to provide RX-8 Hydrogen REs to Hynor, a Norwegian national project
2008  Commenced public road tests in Norway with RX-8 Hydrogen RE validation vehicle
2009   Commenced commercial leasing of Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid in Japan; Produced the first Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE with Norwegian specifications

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