Army Orders More Hydrogen-fueled Ford Escape Hybrids
IRVINE, Calif. -- Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. today announced that it received an order for four additional Ford Escape Hydrogen Hybrid vehicles for the U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). The contract will be administered by Aerospace Engineering Spectrum (AES), based in Ogden, Utah.
The Ford Escape Hydrogen Hybrids were developed for TARDEC for demonstration and use as administrative fleet vehicles at military facilities in North America, with the current order expanding the demonstration program to eleven vehicles. The Ford Escape Hydrogen Hybrids incorporate Quantum's advanced hydrogen fuel injection system and ultra-lightweight hydrogen storage system. This deployment will support the U.S. Army and its 21st Century Base initiative.
"We are pleased to be able to support TARDEC in expanding its hydrogen vehicle program. Quantum applauds the U.S. Army's leadership as an early adopter of advanced technologies that will reduce petroleum dependence and fuel consumption while supporting the efforts of our troops," said Alan P. Niedzwiecki, President and CEO of Quantum. "With oil prices approaching $100 a barrel, interest continues to grow worldwide in Quantum's hybrid vehicles as near-term alternatives to reduce emissions and petroleum usage through the implementation of our advanced technologies."
Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc., a fully integrated alternative energy company, is a leader in the development and production of advanced propulsion systems, energy storage technologies, and alternative fuel vehicles. Quantum's portfolio of technologies includes advanced lithium-ion battery systems, electronic controls, hybrid electric drive systems, hydrogen storage and metering systems, and alternative fuel technologies that enable fuel efficient, low emission hybrid, plug-in hybrid electric, fuel cell, and alternative fuel vehicles. Quantum's powertrain engineering, system integration, vehicle manufacturing, and assembly capabilities provide fast-to- market solutions to support the production of hybrid and plug-in hybrid, hydrogen-powered hybrid, fuel cell, alternative fuel, and specialty vehicles, as well as modular, transportable hydrogen refueling stations. Quantum's customer base includes automotive OEMs, dealer networks, fleets, aerospace industry, military and other government entities, and other strategic alliance partners.
Quantum has also formed a new company with Fisker Coachbuild, LLC, which is called Fisker Automotive, Inc. Fisker Automotive will offer a range of environmentally friendly premium cars, incorporating Quantum's proprietary high-performance plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle architecture, known as "Q- Drive," into a unique chassis that will enable optimizing the performance and vehicle dynamics.
More information can be found about Quantum's products and services at http://www.qtww.com.
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