By Gary Thomas
Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide (Quantum) has announced that the company has inked a contract with Remy International. According to the agreement, Remy will provide its high-performance electric traction motors to plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) F-150 of Quantum. PHEV F-150 is based on the Ford F-150, a pickup truck in America.
Brian Olson, the Chief Executive Officer of Quantum stated the company is delighted to secure Remy and other providers for its plug-in hybrid electric fleet truck campaign. The company is committed to offering its customers with efficient, reliable and cost-effective products, and Remy will support Quantum in meeting the objectives by means of its high-volume electric motors with automotive grade and its strong collaboration, Brian stated.
The HVH250 traction motor of Remy will be incorporated in the Quantum’s F-Drive parallel hybrid system, which offers 400 mi. of hybrid operational range and 35 mi. of all-electric range.
The PHEV F-150 will perform similar to the traditional pick-up truck powered by Ford F150 gasoline however will feature zero-emissions and not consume petroleum fuel for the initial 35 mi. Later, the hybrid mode will be operating with emission reduction of over 60% and reduction in fuel usage of 25%.
The vehicles were designed specifically for use in corporate fleets that include The Dow Chemical Company and Florida Power & Light. Quantum can operate the PHEV F-150 in 2WD mode. The payload and towing potential of the vehicles are up to 900 lbs. and 5,800 lbs. This vehicle is a good choice as it can be used in truck fleets, which need the electric drive system’s performance capacity together with the light-duty pickup truck’s utility value.