Hydrogen is in the spotlight at the moment as a particularly environment-friendly potential source of clean energy for the future.
Mazda developed the RX-8 Hydrogen RE by creating a fusion of its existing hydrogen technology with the new-generation rotary engine RENESIS, enabling the natural driving feel of an internal combustion engine to be combined with excellent environmental performance.
The RX-8 hydrogen rotary engine car features a dual fuel system, which allows it to run on either gasoline or hydrogen, and it is the first example in the world of a vehicle running on two fuels being allowed to undergo road testing.
The Hydrogen Rotary Engine emits no CO2 and almost no NOx, making its environmental performance quite superb. In addition to this, because it uses conventional engine parts and manufacturing processes, it can be manufactured at low cost, and has high levels of built-in reliability.