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Quantum Awarded Contract to Develop Diesel Hybrid Electric Vehicles for U.S. Army

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide today announced that it was awarded a contract to develop a diesel hybrid electric version of its Alternative Mobility Vehicle (AMV) "Aggressor." This program is a follow on to Quantum's successful "Aggressor" vehicle, a high performance light-duty off-road fuel cell hybrid vehicle developed for the U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), National Automotive Center (NAC). The contract has a total value of $4.88 million.

The objective of this program is to develop a second-generation high-performance light-duty off-road hybrid electric vehicle platform based on the results of and feedback from the U.S. Army's testing and evaluation of the Aggressor. The propulsion system for this next phase of AMV development will focus on a JP-8 fuel-compatible diesel internal combustion engine based, battery dominant, series hybrid electric system, which would provide a cost-effective, near-term solution as fuel cell technology matures. Pre-production prototypes will be developed and built for testing and evaluation by selected commands to assess mission suitability, supportability, performance objectives, and guidance on final vehicle configuration.

"We believe that the AMV program offers an innovative solution as a long-range reconnaissance vehicle that fills a technology gap for the U.S. Army in its national defense efforts while reducing its fuel logistic burden," said Alan Niedzwiecki, President and CEO of Quantum. "The vehicle's silent watch capability, high performance acceleration, extended range, and exportable power provide significant advantages for the U.S. Army in communications, surveillance, targeting, and reconnaissance missions. We believe that this vehicle and Quantum's innovative hybrid drivetrain will also be very well-suited for other commercial applications, including homeland security, border patrol, park service operations, and light-duty automobiles."

The contract will be through and administered by Alion Science and Technology Corporation, based in Alexandria, VA. Alion will provide project management oversight in support of this effort for the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center.

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