It's a long way from Japan to Norway, but Mazda's RX-8
Hydrogen RE recently made the trip. Mazda
displayed the car at the opening of Norway's first hydrogen filling station
near Stavanger. It was the first time the rotary-engine vehicle was officially on display outside of Japan, where it has been available for lease
since earlier this year. Mazda is banking on getting rotary engine hydrogen
powered vehicles to the showroom floor before the more efficient (and more technologically complicated) hydrogen fuel cell
vehicles are released. Real-world testing of the RX-E Hydrogen RE has been going on with the vehicles leased to first two energy-related corporate customers for a few months, and Mazda said it hopes to have about 10 RX-8 Hydrogen RE cars to local government and energy companies in Japan by the end of the year.