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Mazda hydrogen rotary vehicle hits the road

Mazda has introduced the RX-8 Hydrogen RE (Rotary Engine) vehicle to Norway's public roads in collaboration with the Hydrogen Road of Norway, (HyNor) project.

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Mazda has introduced the RX-8 Hydrogen RE (Rotary Engine) vehicle to Norway’s public roads in collaboration with the Hydrogen Road of Norway, (HyNor) project.

Initially, the RX-8 Hydrogen RE’s driving performance on Norwegian roads will be validated with a single vehicle, which will also be shown at various events. This marks the first time that a Mazda hydrogen rotary vehicle has been put into regular use on public roads outside Japan.

Mazda signed a memorandum of understanding with HyNor to participate in the project in November 2007.

HyNor is a national project in the Kingdom of Norway that aims to establish a clean energy transport system based on hydrogen fuel. Beginning in fiscal year 2009, Mazda will provide approximately 30 RX-8 Hydrogen RE vehicles for the HyNor project under commercial lease contracts.

The RX-8 Hydrogen RE validation vehicle is being delivered in advance so that Mazda and HyNor can jointly assess its driving performance in Norway.

It will also be exhibited at environmental and other events for potential customers who are interested in leasing a hydrogen vehicle.

HyNor is a unique Norwegian initiative to demonstrate the implementation of a hydrogen energy infrastructure along a 580 kilometre route from Oslo to Stavanger in Norway.

Hydrogen filling stations are being established along this transport corridor to enable refuelling of hydrogen vehicles.

The project aims to revolutionize transportation in Norway by encompassing buses, taxis and private cars, and varying types of transport systems, including urban, inter-city, regional and even long-distance transport.

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