Eleven Extended-Range Hydrogen Hybrid Vehicles Shipped to Norway's Hydrogen Highway
Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc, today announced that it has
shipped eleven hydrogen-fueled Prius hybrid vehicles to Miljobil Grenland
AS, a participant and vehicle provider to the Norwegian Hydrogen Highway (HyNor).
The Norwegian government, industry participants, and the organizations
participating in a joint effort called HyNor plan on creating a "Hydrogen
Highway" between the capital, Oslo, and western Norway's port of Stavanger.
The Norwegian HyNor plan calls for five refueling stations along the main
highway from Oslo to Stavanger, the center of the national petroleum
industry that makes Norway the world's third largest oil exporter, after
Saudi Arabia and Russia. By 2009, HyNor plans to have enough fueling
stations along the 580-kilometer (360 mile) route to allow hydrogen-powered
vehicles to routinely make the trip. The ultimate goal is to extend the
hydrogen infrastructure network through much of Scandinavia under the
Scandinavian Hydrogen Highway Partnership, a joint organization formed by
HyNor, Sweden's HyFuture, and Denmark's Hydrogen Link.
The Hydrogen Hybrid package for the Prius includes Quantum's electronic
multi-point hydrogen injection system, turbocharger and intercooler,
Quantum's compressed hydrogen fuel storage module and hydrogen fuel
delivery system, and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS)
crashworthy design and validation. The eleven vehicles in this shipment
were equipped with an extended range package, which was engineered by
Quantum to provide additional hydrogen storage capacity and a resulting 30
percent increase in vehicle driving range between refueling. In addition to
performing in specified starting conditions and meeting certain drivability
specifications, these vehicles were designed to meet European safety
standards, including the successful completion of crash testing to verify
the safety of the converted vehicles.
"Quantum's hydrogen hybrid Prius continues to generate interest from
around the world as a clean, fuel efficient alternative to petroleum fueled
vehicles," said Alan P. Niedzwiecki, President and CEO of Quantum
. "We believe that opportunities will continue to emerge to supply additional vehicles to HyNor
, the Scandinavian Hydrogen Highway Partnership
, and the rest of Europe."
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