Mazda delivers fleet hydrogen vehicles
Hiroshima, Japan— Mazda
Motor Corporation has delivered one RX-8 Hydrogen RE vehicle each
to its first two corporate customers for this model, Idemitsu
Kosan Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, and Iwatani International Corporation
in Osaka, Japan.
RX-8 Hydrogen RE cars are equipped
with a rotary engine and feature a dual-fuel system that allows
the driver to select either hydrogen or gasoline with the flick
of a switch.
The vehicles that have been leased
to Mazda’s first two corporate fleet customers are based
on Mazda’s original body design but with specially added
company decals for each customer’s use.
The delivery of these vehicles
for fleet use marks the world’s first case of leasing an
internal combustion engine vehicle that can use both hydrogen
and gasoline as fuel.