Mazda’s Hydrogen Car Update
While there is still a long way to go before there are a whole lot of hydrogen vehicles out there, Mazda has leased its fifth Premacy Hydrogen rotary engine hybrid. It has been delivered to the Iwatani Corp. of Japan. The vehicle, the second in the Iwatawi fleet, will be based at the Kitakyushu Hydrogen Station in Kyushu, the southwestern island of Japan.
The Premacy—known as the Mazda5 here—is equipped with a hydrogen rotary engine with a dual fuel system, which means that it can run on either gasoline or hydrogen. It has a 35-MPa hydrogen tank, as well as a lithium-ion battery pack and a 110-kw AC synchronous motor. The vehicle is said to have a 200-km range, which is said to be twice that of Mazda’s previous hydrogen vehicle, the RX-8 Hydrogen RE.
Iwatani, by the way, is an energy development company.
A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.
Ford has made an accomplishment that will never be bested, never even be tied.
The historic plant has built—and is building—a lot of cars in its 70-year run of commercial vehicle production. Today, with the e-Golf and the GTE, it is making what are arguably the most-advanced Volkswagens out there.