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Army taps Quantum for hydrogen-powered Ford Escape

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Quantum Awarded Contract to Develop Hydrogen Hybrid SUV for the US Army

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 15, 2006 -- Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc., today announced that it has been awarded a contract to develop a hydrogen-fueled Ford Escape Hybrid vehicle for the U.S. Army National Automotive Center (NAC).

Under this contract, Quantum will evaluate different hydrogen fuel system configurations, considering the feasibility of bi-fuel (switchable between gasoline and hydrogen) and dedicated hydrogen systems. Quantum will develop an advanced hydrogen storage system, fuel injection system, and electronic controls required for the Hydrogen Escape Hybrid. The work will be conducted by Quantum at its Advanced Vehicle Concept Center in Lake Forest, CA.

This Hydrogen Escape Hybrid contract complements the Mobile Hydrogen Infrastructure program, which is funded in the FY 06 Department of Defense budget. The overall objective of the MHI program is to demonstrate the capability of Quantum's HyHauler Plus™ transportable hydrogen refueling stations to meet emerging hydrogen fuel demand as hydrogen and fuel cell technologies are deployed throughout the military as part of the 21st Century Base initiative. This demonstration program includes supporting the deployment of hydrogen internal combustion engine administrative vehicles, including the Hydrogen Escape Hybrid, as well as fuel cell vehicles.

"We are pleased that the U.S. Army has selected Quantum to develop the Hydrogen Escape Hybrid, as we continue our expansion into the hybrid vehicle market," said Alan P. Niedzwiecki, President and CEO of Quantum. "We are pleased that our successes with the Aggressor high-performance fuel cell hybrid off-road vehicle, the hydrogen hybrid Prius, and the HyHauler Plus™ transportable hydrogen refueling stations have led to new opportunities. Quantum is excited to see the traction that our hydrogen and hybrid vehicle technologies are gaining in the growing market."

Link: http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2006/02/15/210779.html

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