Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies is to receive $2.3 million from California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) to develop hydrogen fuel systems for a fleet of 30 Toyota Prius Hybrid Electric Vehicles.
The value of the contract may be expanded to $2.5 million, contingent on co-funding by the US Department of Defense National Automotive Center (DoD-NAC), which would increase the total number of vehicles to 35.
Quantum will develop the complete OEM-level hydrogen internal combustion engine fuel system, including both the injection system and hydrogen storage system. Included in the fuel systems will be the company’s patented fuel injectors, fuel rails, electronic control system and software, hydrogen storage and a customised turbocharger. The company will also integrate the hydrogen fuel systems into the vehicles and perform complete validation, including crash testing, engine and vehicle durability, and emissions testing to ensure compliance.
The vehicles will come with either Quantum’s TriShield compressed hydrogen storage system or an optional metal hydride storage system. Quantum will integrate Texaco Ovonics’ metal hydride storage into five of the 30 vehicles for evaluation.
Quantum previously worked with Texaco Ovonics to develop a hydrogen-powered concept vehicle using a model year 2002 Toyota Prius Hybrid Electric Vehicle. And it was the interest generated by this concept vehicle that contributed to establishing the foundation for the new program.
‘This program will help bridge the technology between conventional gasoline vehicles and fuel cell vehicles as well as to help expedite the expansion of a hydrogen infrastructure,’ said Alan P. Niedzwiecki, President and CEO of Quantum.