Though hydrogen as an alternative fuel for vehicles is more expensive compared to electricity, Mazda Motors is going ahead with its hydrogen-engine plans by delivering the first of its Premacy Hydrogen Rotary Engine Hybrids to the Iwatani Corporation.
Premacy (the model known in the United States as Mazda5) uses the same hydrogen rotary engine that powers its RX-8 Hydrogen RE and adds an electric motor. It has twice the range of the RX-8, at about 200 km – some 124 miles.
The engine is a dual-mode rotary, meaning that it can be run on both hydrogen and gasoline. And, this makes Premacy, according to the manufacturer, a much more viable vehicle for the present situation vis-à-vis hydrogen since a person too far from home to find a hydrogen-refilling station can operate on petrol in the meantime.
Mazda’s partnership with Iwatani Corporation appears to be a good alliance since Iwatani Corporation, a giant in energy development and supply, has a long track record of both supporting the arts and protecting the environment. And if you consider the company’s motto “become a person needed by society, as those needed by society prosper,” it’s even better.