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Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies announced that it has developed a plug-in hybrid version of America's best-selling vehicle, the Ford F-150. Quantum says that its plug-in F-150 was specifically designed for the demanding fleet use and claims that the truck will be capable of matching the performance of a conventional F-150, while offering substantially improved fuel economy and emitting less CO2.

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!

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Quantum Previews New Plug-In Hybrid F150 Pickup Truck at the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach

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.

About Quantum

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.

Forward Looking Statements:

This press release contains forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements included in this report, other than those that are historical, are forward-looking statements and can generally be identified by words such as "may," "could," "will," "should," "assume," "expect," "anticipate," "plan," "intend," "believe," "predict, " "estimate," "forecast," "outlook," "potential," or "continue," or the negative of these terms, and other comparable terminology. Various risks and other factors could cause actual results, and actual events that occur, to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update the information in this press release to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events.


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      • 5 Months Ago
      Is this an aftermarket system that can be added to an F150? If so, does it appear likely that Quantum will sell the system to individual personal use drivers?
      Marcopolo
      • 5 Months Ago
      While this looks like a useful hybrid addition to increase the fuel and environmental credential of the old stalwart Ford"s F150, Alan Niedzwiecki's use of the term, 'Range Extended' , is stretching the boundary's of REEV, to the maximum. True the vehicle has plug in capacity, but it is an essentially ICE vehicle with urban EV capacity. Unlike the Volt which is essentially an EV with ICE capacity for range extending purposes. The question is, will Ford put it into production. As an aftermarket addition, it makes no economic sense.
        letstakeawalk
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Marcopolo
        "The question is, will Ford put it into production. As an aftermarket addition, it makes no economic sense." Ford likely won't produce these in house. They will be converted and sold (to fleets) by Quantum, similar to the relationships Ford has with Shelby, Saleen, Roush, and Smith Electric. As far as making economic sense, that really depends on what the fleet manager is trying to do. Certainly, with the tax incentives hybrid EVs currently get, these could be very appealing. Not to mention reduced maintenance, and in a vehicle like this, even reducing fuel use by a gallon or two per truck per day could make a big difference over a fiscal year. Don't forget, Quantum is behind the Q-Drive in the Fisker Karma, and has military cred with the CERV. They also have possibly the strongest contender among the USPS EV fleet prototypes, all based on variations of the same hybrid drive system.
      paulwesterberg
      • 5 Months Ago
      A 20kWh battery pack is going to be pretty heavy - around 250kg, I am not sure having it offset to one side is such a good idea for weight distribution & handling. To some extent it will be offset by the motor & gasoline, but that depends on how much gas is in the tank and even 26gallons is only 70kg and that weight will be constantly changing. It would be better if they distributed the batteries into 2 packs to better balance weight.
        letstakeawalk
        • 5 Months Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        LOL. Having 550lbs slightly offset from the centerline is a very minor issue. It's still within the framerails. If it was a serious issue (which I doubt), it would be very easy - and inexpensive - to mitigate with suspension adjustments.
        Neil Blanchard
        • 5 Months Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        I think some battery packs could weigh a lot less than that -- the 99kWh Kolibri battery from DBM Energy weighs 350kg, so a 20kWh Kolibri would weigh just 71kg or so. Neil
      Nick
      • 5 Months Ago
      There's plenty of open space under a truck bed, so this makes sense.