Quantum Fuel System Technologies Worldwide has been awarded a $1.37 million grant by the California Energy Commission (CEC) for launching a new generation of plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) systems. The goal of the program is to develop technology that will accelerate the adoption of PHEVs by way of improved operational efficiencies and reduced cost. The monies will be used for product validation and to set up a pilot production line to accelerate launching of the new generation of hybrid electric products being developed at Quantum’s Advanced Technology Center located in Lake Forest, California.
“We thank CEC for their continued support of innovation in clean energy technologies that helps to increase America’s competitiveness and create jobs,” said Alan P. Niedzwiecki, the President and CEO of Quantum. “We are excited about the potential of our new generation products that have a chance to change the way we drive.”
Quantum has developed the Q-Drive™ PHEV system that powers the Fisker Karma, a high performance luxury sedan that was developed by Fisker Automotive. Fisker is a partnership between Quantum and Fisker Coachbuild.
In other news, Quantum recently launched a PHEV F150 truck that incorporates its Quantum PHEV drive called F-Drive. Although the company did not release this information about the F150, I have confirmed from a company representative that it is also a flex-fuel vehicle with the ability to use up to E85 (85% ethanol, 15% gas). To my knowledge, this would be the second PHEV – FFV available with the Chevy Volt being the first of its kind to market.