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Environmental Initiatives

Making Environmentally Conscious Vehicles

Developing Technologies for the Next Generation  Technologies for the Next Generation

Mazda is developing multiple practical solutions to the issues facing the automobile industry.


Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicle 'Demio EV'
Electric Vehicle 'Demio EV'

Mazda began leasing the Demio EV, an electric vehicle Mazda had independently developed based on the Mazda Demio, in October 2012 in Japan. Using a highly efficient lithium-ion battery and Mazda's unique electric motor, the Demio EV delivers an exhilarating driving experience, including powerful acceleration, precise handling and a comfortable ride. It also achieves an outstanding driving range of 200 kilometers (JC08 mode test cycle, measured by Mazda). The Demio EV maintains the same cabin space and cargo carrying capacity as the base model Demio. As a zero-emissions vehicle that emits no CO2 or other pollutants during driving, Mazda sold 75 units in FY March 2013 mainly to local governments and corporate customers in the Chugoku region. Mazda will continue sales in FY March 2014, with plans to sell approx. 100 total units.

Mazda Demio EV specifications
Model name Demio EV
Drive FF
Seating capacity Five
Dimensions and weight Overall length/width/height*1 3900 mm/
1695 mm/
1490 mm
Vehicle weight*1 1180 kg
Performance AC electric power consumption
(JC08 mode test cycle)*1
100 Wh/km
Driving range on a single charge
(JC08 mode test cycle)*1
200 km
Drive battery Type Lithium-Ion batteries
Total voltage*1 346 V
Total electric energy*1 20 kWh
Motor Max. output*1 75 kW<102 PS>/5200 to 12000 rpm
Max. torque*1 150 N·m<15.3 kgf·m>/0 to 2800 rpm
Charging time Normal charge
(AC200V·15A)*2
Approx. 8 hours (full charge)
Fast charge*3 Approx. 40 minutes (80% charge)
Price (yen)
(including tax)
3,577,000
  • *1Measured by Mazda
  • *2Amount of time required to charge battery after low battery warning light comes on. Given time is only a guide. Actual charging time may vary depending on air temperature and condition of power source.
  • *3Amount of time required when using a 50kW fast charger.
    Given time is only a guide. Actual charging time may vary depending on specifications of the charger.

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Charging Stations Set Up

Charging Stations
Charging Stations

In line with the commencement of Demio EV leasing, Mazda set up charging stations at five locations including the Head Office (Hiroshima) and R&D Center Yokohama. These charging stations, equipped with both fast and normal chargers, are available to not only Demio EV users but also users of other automakers' electric vehicles. By making the stations widely available, Mazda hopes to contribute to improved convenience for local users and residents.


Development of the Hydrogen Rotary Engine

Hydrogen is clean energy that can be generated from various sources. Mazda has already introduced two models incorporating the Mazda hydrogen rotary engine: the Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE (leasing started in 2006) and the Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid (leasing started in 2009). When the eco-friendly Mazda hydrogen rotary engine runs on hydrogen fuel, it emits no CO2. It also features a convenient dual-fuel system, so the car can run on gasoline if there is no hydrogen available. In Japan, Mazda has cumulatively delivered twelve of these vehicles on a lease basis to Iwatani Corporation, Hiroshima Prefecture, the City of Hiroshima, and Yamaguchi Prefecture. Mazda also delivered three of these vehicles in Norway and received much praise.

Main Specifications of Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid
Base model Mazda Premacy
Overall length 4,565 mm
Overall width 1,745 mm
Overall height 1,620 mm
Seating capacity Five
Base engine Mazda Hydrogen rotary engine (with a dual-fuel system)
Fuel Hydrogen and gasoline
Fuel tank 35 MPa high-pressure tank for hydrogen gas and a gasoline tank
Maximum output 110 kW
Motor Alternating current synchronous motor
Generator Alternating current synchronous generator
Battery Lithium ion
History of Mazda's Hydrogen Vehicle Development
1991 Announced the first hydrogen rotary engine vehicle, the HR-X, at the Tokyo Motor Show
1993 Announced the second hydrogen rotary engine vehicle, the HR-X2, at the Tokyo Motor Show
Developed MX-5 test vehicle equipped with a hydrogen rotary engine
1995 Conducted Japan's first public road tests of a hydrogen rotary engine vehicle, the Capella Cargo
2003 Announced a prototype RX-8 with the hydrogen rotary engine at the Tokyo Motor Show
2004 Tested the prototype RX-8 with hydrogen rotary engine on public roads
2005 Announced Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid concept car
2006 Began leasing of the world's first hydrogen RE vehicle, the RX-8 Hydrogen RE
2007 Signed an agreement to provide RX-8 Hydrogen REs to HyNor, a Norwegian national transportation project
2008 Commenced public road tests in Norway with a RX-8 Hydrogen RE validation vehicle
2009 Commenced commercial leasing of the Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid in Japan
Began leasing of RX-8 Hydrogen RE for the HyNor Project

Hydrogen Rotary Engine & Hybrid System

Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid incorporates a hybrid system that improves energy efficiency, delivers improved acceleration and has a driving range of 200 km with hydrogen.

Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid
Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid
Overview of the Hydrogen RE Hybrid System
Overview of the Hydrogen RE Hybrid System

Compatibility with Bioethanol Mixed Fuel

Mixed fuel consisting partly of bioethanol, which is made from plants, is attracting attention in North America and Europe for its effectiveness in reducing CO2 emissions.

Mazda is proud to sell vehicles that are compatible with this eco-friendly fuel.

Current Status

  • Mazda vehicles that are compatible with E10 (gasoline mixed with 10% ethanol) are sold in North America and Europe.
  • In Thailand, Mazda3 models compatible with E20 (gasoline mixed with 20%ethanol) became available in FY March 2008, and Mazda2 models corresponding to E20 became available in FY March 2010.
  • In Japan, models equipped with a SKYACTIV-D 2.2 clean diesel engine that is compatible with B5 (diesel mixed with 5% biodiesel fuel) became available in FY March 2012 for the CX-5 and in FY March 2013 for the new Atenza.

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