Mazda has already made an attempt at a gas/electric/hydrogen vehicle with its new 2008 Mazda Tribute Hybrid, which was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. Now the company is working on fitting a Mazda5 with a rotary engine that can run on gas or hydrogen but will also have an electric motor with front-wheel drive. “It”s very much in the prototype stage at the moment,” Jeremy Barnes, group manager for product communications at Mazda North American Operations, told reporters at the Detroit Motor Show.
Mazda calls their gas/electric/hydrogen vehicles HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicle), and will now be combining their rotary engine creating the first vehilce to have a HEV rotary engine.
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