General Motors is building a fleet of fuel cell powered Equinoxes and they've decided to source the hydrogen storage systems from Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies. The Equinox will use a 10,000 psi tank, which is double that of most other fuel cell vehicles. Quantum will base the Equinox tank on their Type IV all-composite, polymer lined tank design. This is an ultra lightweight tank, so that should over come some of the weight issues of other fuel cell vehicles.
Quantum has developed and safety tested the configuration specifically for the Equinox program. Quantum has created their own proprietary high pressure valves, regulators and safety systems specifically for the hydrogen fuel system. This test fleet will be the largest field test yet for hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles. The full press release and more images are after jump.
[Source: PRNewsWire via GreenCarCongress]
Nov 6, 2006 09:00 ET
Quantum to Supply Hydrogen Fuel Storage Systems for GM Fuel Cell Vehicle Fleet Program
IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:QTWW) today announced that it has received a multi-million dollar purchase order from General Motors (GM) for hydrogen fuel storage systems to be used in GM's recently announced Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell vehicle program.
GM will begin building and deploying the world's largest fleet of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles in 2007. The 10,000 psi (70 MPa) hydrogen storage systems for these Equinox Fuel Cell vehicles are based on Quantum's state-of-the-art Type IV (polymer-lined, all-composite) ultra-lightweight tank technology, incorporating advancements in materials, material utilization, and optimized design, yielding benefits proprietary to GM. These hydrogen storage systems are fully integrated modules comprised of three 10,000 psi tanks and incorporating Quantum's proprietary high-pressure valves, regulators, and safety systems. Quantum designed, developed, and safety tested these systems specifically for this GM vehicle program. Quantum's hydrogen storage systems have been extensively tested and validated to operating conditions beyond current industry standards, addressing extreme temperature conditions found to occur in real world experience.
"Quantum is proud to have partnered with GM on this exciting program, which will be the largest fleet of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles equipped with range-extending 10,000 psi hydrogen storage systems. We believe that our 10,000 psi compressed hydrogen storage systems represent the state-of-the-art in design, manufacturing, and performance," said Alan P. Niedzwiecki, President and CEO of Quantum. "Quantum is committed to maintaining its hydrogen technology leadership and to supporting GM's fuel cell vehicle commercialization plans."
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-Kia, Suzuki, Ford, DaimlerChrysler, AeroVironment, and the U.S. Army.
More information can be found about Quantum's products and services at www.qtww.com.
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