Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. today announced that it received an order for four additional Ford Escape Hydrogen Hybrid vehicles for the U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). The contract will be administered by Aerospace Engineering Spectrum (AES), based in Ogden, Utah.
The Ford Escape Hydrogen Hybrids were developed for TARDEC for demonstration and use as administrative fleet vehicles at military facilities in North America, with the current order expanding the demonstration program to eleven vehicles. The Ford Escape Hydrogen Hybrids incorporate Quantum's advanced hydrogen fuel injection system and ultra-lightweight hydrogen storage system. This deployment will support the U.S. Army and its 21st Century Base initiative.
"We are pleased to be able to support TARDEC in expanding its hydrogen vehicle program. Quantum applauds the U.S. Army's leadership as an early adopter of advanced technologies that will reduce petroleum dependence and fuel consumption while supporting the efforts of our troops," said Alan P. Niedzwiecki, President and CEO of Quantum. "With oil prices approaching $100 a barrel, interest continues to grow worldwide in Quantum's hybrid vehicles as near-term alternatives to reduce emissions and petroleum usage through the implementation of our advanced technologies."