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Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies has been working with Fisker Automotive ever since the latter company started its efforts to be build a luxury plug-in hybrid a couple of years ago. Quantum has been largely responsible for the creation of the plug-in series hybrid/extended range EV powertrain. Fisker and Quantum have just signed a $10.2 million deal to cover the next phase of development for the powertrain. This Phase III development will cover the production validation of the Karma drivetrain. Valmet will start building final pre-production versions of the Karma late this year and customer vehicles by the middle of next year.
This final validation will include hot and cold weather, high altitude and durability testing. The powertrain consists of a lithium ion battery pack with a 50-mile range, electric drive motors and a turbocharged and direct injected GM EcoTec four cylinder that acts as a range extender.
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[Source: Quantum, Greentech Media]
Quantum Signs $10.2 Million Phase III Development Contract with Fisker Automotive
IRVINE, California July 8, 2009 -- Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. (Nasdaq: HUQTWWUH) today announced that it has signed a $10.2 million contract for Phase III development of plug-in hybrid powertrains for Fisker automobiles. This contract will enable Quantum to manage production validation of the Q-Drive plug-in hybrid system and ready it for volume production in 2010.
Phase III includes the continuation of engineering development and completion of validation of the powertrain and consists of high altitude, durability, hot and cold weather testing. Phase III development and validation will lead to the launch of production.
Quantum has developed an advanced version of its Q-Drive PHEV system which has been optimized to maximize the performance of the Fisker KARMA, a luxury sports sedan, and the KARMA S "Sunset," a coupe/convertible. The Quantum Q-Drive includes a gasoline powered engine/generator set which yields high efficiency with very low emissions. The lithium ion battery pack and electric traction motor drive system allow the KARMA to drive 50 miles all electrically and achieve excellent fuel economy in hybrid mode.