Issue: Jan 2007


Quantum Supplies Ford With Hydrogen Fuel Injection Systems for E450 Hydrogen Shuttle Buses



by Richard Morris

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc., recently announced that it is the supplier of the hydrogen fuel injectors to Ford Motor Company for its hydrogen internal combustion engine (HICE) powered shuttle bus program, including the three vehicles delivered December 7th to Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada for a unique pilot project that will test the vehicles in real-life conditions.

The three buses to be used in Ottawa are part of a larger group of twenty shuttle buses that will be demonstrated across the United States and Canada. These units form a pre-commercial evaluation of Ford's HICE technology under real-world conditions that will help Ford assess the viability of commercially offering vehicles equipped with hydrogen internal combustion engines.

Three Ford shuttle buses equipped with advanced hydrogen internal combustion engines (HICE) will be included in the Senate shuttle bus fleet on Parliament Hill. The shuttle buses transport parliamentarians and staff between buildings of the Parliamentary Precinct. The hydrogen buses will replace existing gasoline-powered shuttle buses and, in doing so, will reduce engine-related emissions to near-zero levels.

"We are honored to be Ford's supplier for hydrogen fuel injectors. Quantum's patented injector has been designed, tested, and validated specifically to work with cleaner burning, dry gaseous fuels such as hydrogen, natural gas, and propane," said Alan P. Niedzwiecki, President and CEO of Quantum. "We fully support Ford's view that HICE-powered vehicles will play an important role as a transitional solution that will enable the emerging hydrogen economy. Interest continues to grow in Quantum's hydrogen hybrid vehicles, both the Hydrogen Prius and the Hydrogen Escape Hybrid, as near-term alternatives to reduce emissions and petroleum usage through the implementation of hydrogen technologies."

Quantum and its subsidiary, Tecstar Automotive Group, are leaders in powertrain engineering, system integration, and manufacturing of packaged fuel systems and accessories for specialty vehicles and applications including fuel cells, hybrids, alternative fuels, hydrogen refueling, new body styles, mid-cycle vehicle product enhancements and high performance engines and drive trains for OEMs and consumers of aftermarket parts and accessories. Quantum also designs and manufactures hybrid and fuel cell vehicles.

Quantum has product commercialization alliances with General Motors, AM General, and Sumitomo. Quantum's customer base includes General Motors, Toyota, Opel, Hyundai, Suzuki, Ford, DaimlerChrysler, AeroVironment, and the U.S. Army.

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