Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc. has joined the Plug-In Hybrid Development Consortium, the members of which are working to develop 100 to 200 mpg dual-mode plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs).
Quantum and its Tecstar Automotive Group subsidiary specialize in powertrain engineering, system integration, rapid prototyping, advanced propulsion systems, and manufacturing of packaged fuel systems for hybrid, fuel cell, and alternative fuel vehicles. Quantum has developed hybrid hydrogen technologies for the Toyota Prius and the Hydrogen Ford Escape Hybrid, which is currently in development. Quantum recently delivered five hydrogen-fueled Priuses to the City of Burbank, Calif. as part of the South Coast Air Quality Management District Program to develop 30 such vehicles for fleets in Southern California.
"We believe that plug-in hybrid electric vehicles can be practical and cost-effective, and support the transition to fuel cell vehicles," said Quantum chief technology officer Dr. Neel Sirosh.
Also joining the Consortium as an automotive industry consultant is Alan Perriton, formerly president of General Motors, Korea and head of GM Asia/Pacific's New Business Development/M&A activities. “I see plug-in hybrids as a legitimate bridging technology to our Hydrogen future," Perriton said.