The PHEV F-150 utilizes Quantum's "F-Drive" hybrid system and boasts a 35-mile electric-only range before shifting over to hybrid mode. The F-Drive setup is compatible with both two- and four-wheel drive trucks. Additionally, Quantum says that the hybrid's components don't impinge upon the truck's cab or bed and asserts that ground clearance is unchanged – all features that serious truck users will appreciate. Alan Niedzwiecki, chief executive officer of Quantum Technologies, claims that the plug-in F-150 "fills an important niche for fleet customers desiring a largely electric pick-up truck with extended-range capability." Hat tip to Roy!
[Source: Quantum Technologies]
IRVINE, Calif., May 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. (Nasdaq: QTWW) announced today that it has launched a new line of hybrid vehicles. Quantum has developed a new Plug-in Hybrid Version of the highest volume selling vehicle in America, the Ford F150 Pickup Truck, and will be providing them directly to fleet customers.
Quantum's plug-in hybrid version of the F150 was specifically designed for the demanding use of America's largest fleet operators. The vehicle will be capable of matching the performance of the conventional F150 vehicle while achieving substantially higher fuel economy and producing lower emissions. The PHEV F150 uses Quantum's new "F-Drive" hybrid system which will have a 35 mile electric range before shifting to a hybrid mode where it can continue for a total range of over 400 miles. The Quantum "F-Drive" hybrid system is available in 2WD and 4WD versions. To meet the requirements of fleet customers, the F-Drive has been integrated in the F150 vehicle such that there is no impingement into the cab or bed and it maintains full ground clearance.
"We believe this vehicle fills an important niche for fleet customers desiring a largely electric pick-up truck with extended range capability," said Alan Niedzwiecki, CEO Quantum 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 wholly owned subsidiary, Schneider Power Inc., and affiliate Asola Advanced and Automotive Solar Systems GmbH complement Quantum's emerging renewable energy presence through the development and ownership of wind and solar farms, and manufacture of high efficiency solar modules.
Quantum's portfolio of technologies includes electronic controls, hybrid electric drive systems, natural gas and hydrogen storage and metering systems and alternative fuel technologies that enable fuel efficient, low emission hybrid, plug-in hybrid electric, fuel cell, and natural gas 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, natural gas 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.
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