U.S. Army to Showcase Quantum Hybrid Electric Alternative Mobility Vehicle at the Chicago Auto Show
IRVINE, CA--Feb. 10, 2012: Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. , a global leader in natural gas, hydrogen and hybrid electric vehicle technologies, announced today that the U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) is sending the Quantum Clandestine Extended Range Vehicle (CERV) to the Chicago Auto Show to showcase its latest energy-efficiency efforts that can save money and address environmental concerns. The U.S. Army labeled the CERV as one of the "greenest technologies" to demonstrate how its advanced diesel hybrid-electric powertrain developed by Quantum and TARDEC saves taxpayer dollars and -- most importantly -- saves Soldiers' lives.
TARDEC will display two Quantum CERVs from its Detroit Arsenal-based headquarters at the Chicago Army Recruiting Battalion display. The Chicago Auto Show, to be held February 10-19 at the McCormick Place, is the nation's oldest and largest Auto Show.
CERVs are lightweight, diesel-electric hybrid prototypes with a top speed of 80 mph. Designed for reconnaissance, targeting and rescue missions, CERV has silent run capabilities of eight miles. CERV incorporates Quantum's Q-Force all-wheel drive diesel hybrid-electric technology and a light-weight chassis to produce a torque in excess of 5,000 foot-pounds, and ability to climb 60 percent grades. CERV has been certified for internal transportation in aircraft.
CERV consumes up to 25 percent less fuel compared with conventional vehicles of comparable size. A recent Army Energy Security Task Force report states that a 1 percent improvement in fuel economy results in 6,444 fewer Soldier trips on fuel convoys.
"Quantum's high efficiency powertrain technologies help to save fuel, while enhancing vehicle performance and versatility," said Alan P. Niedzwiecki, President and CEO of Quantum. "Our new generation powertrains are ideal to support tactical operations in both urban and un-urban environments across the broad range of U.S. military operations and terrain profiles, for direct action, reconnaissance, and unconventional warfare and counter terrorism."
CERVs are being tested around the country as the finishing touches are being put on the Army's newest lab, the 30,000-square-foot Ground Systems Power and Energy Lab (GSPEL), which will open April 11. GSPEL will serve as the cornerstone for the Army's next generation of power and energy initiatives providing the Army with the cutting-edge laboratory space and equipment necessary to conduct research, development, modeling, simulation and testing on military and commercial ground vehicle of all sizes and purposes from subsystem components to entire systems-of-systems. For details, please read TARDEC press release:
Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc., a fully integrated alternative energy company, is a leader in the development and production of advanced propulsion systems, energy storage technologies, and alternative fuel vehicles. Quantum's wholly owned subsidiary, Schneider Power Inc., and affiliate Asola Advanced and Automotive Solar Systems GmbH complement Quantum's emerging renewable energy presence through the development and ownership of wind and solar farms, and manufacture of high efficiency solar modules. Quantum's portfolio of technologies includes electronic controls, hybrid electric drive systems, natural gas and hydrogen storage and metering systems and alternative fuel technologies that enable fuel efficient, low emission hybrid, plug-in hybrid electric, fuel cell, and natural gas vehicles. Quantum's powertrain engineering, system integration, vehicle manufacturing, and assembly capabilities provide fast-to-market solutions to support the production of hybrid and plug-in hybrid, hydrogen-powered hybrid, fuel cell, natural gas fuel, and specialty vehicles, as well as modular, transportable hydrogen refueling stations. Quantum's customer base includes automotive OEMs, dealer networks, fleets, aerospace industry, military and other government entities, and other strategic alliance partners.