IRVINE, CA (Jan. 26, 2006) - Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies
Worldwide Inc., delivered the first five of 30 hydrogen-fueled
Toyota Prius H2Hybrid vehicles to the city of Santa Ana, CA.
This is part of a larger South Coast Air Quality Management District
(AQMD) program to develop and demonstrate the use and durability of
state-of-the-art OEM-caliber hydrogen fuel hybrid vehicles. Included
with the vehicles was a hydrogen refueling station. The AQMD
initiative is intended to stimulate the early demand for hydrogen,
expedite the development of infrastructure, and provide a bridge to
fuel cell vehicles. A key benefit of this program, says Quantum,
will be the opportunity to educate the public on the use and safety
of hydrogen as a fuel through its demonstration in vehicles with
which the public is already familiar.
According to Quantum, the complete hydrogen internal combustion
engine fuel system, including both the injection system and hydrogen
storage system, was developed at its Advanced Vehicle Concept Center
in Lake Forest, CA. Included in the fuel systems are the company's
patented fuel injectors, fuel rails, electronic control system and
software, hydrogen storage and an optimized turbocharger. In
addition to performing in specified starting conditions and meeting
certain drivability specifications, the vehicles have been designed
and tested to achieve SULEV (Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle)
emissions standards. Technical specs and other information for the
Toyota Prius H2Hybrid is available at
"We believe this program will help expedite the expansion of a
hydrogen infrastructure and bridge the technology gap between
conventional gasoline vehicles and fuel cell vehicles, as this
technology of the future is being commercialized," said Alan P.
Niedzwiecki, president and CEO of Quantum.