Monitoring, Storage

QUANTUM to Supply Hydrogen System to GM

QUANTUM Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. has supplied a hydrogen fuel storage and delivery system for General Motors’ revolutionary Hy-wire, the world’s first drivable fuel cell and by-wire vehicle.

Irvine, California – August 22, 2002 [] GM released first pictures of the drivable concept vehicle on August 14, 2002, and it will be introduced to the public at the Paris Auto Show September 26, 2002. The Hy-wire is General Motors’ major step forward in their efforts to reinvent the automobile. “GM certainly overcame several challenges to show this vehicle only eight months after the initial concept, the AUTOnomy vehicle, was introduced at the North American Auto Show in January 2002,” said Alan Niedzwiecki, President and COO of QUANTUM. “Not only did GM implement a complete X-drive system, but they also designed an entire body around a truly revolutionary vehicle architecture.” QUANTUM’s challenge on this project was to design its ultra-lightweight, advanced-composite TriShield(TM) hydrogen tank design to fit within the very tight packaging envelope of GM’s Hy-wire skateboard-like chassis, which has a maximum depth of 11 inches. QUANTUM’s 5,000 psi (pounds per square inch, or 350 bar) hydrogen fuel storage system fits within an area designed to incorporate all of the touring sedan’s propulsion and control systems. QUANTUM designs, manufactures and supplies integrated fuel systems to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of fuel cell applications and alternative fueled vehicles. These fuel cell applications include transportation and industrial vehicles, stationary power generation, and portable power generation. Alternative fueled vehicles include cars, trucks, and buses powered by internal combustion engines that operate primarily on natural gas or propane. QUANTUM’s advanced fuel systems comprise the storage, monitoring, control, and injection of gaseous fuels to improve efficiency, enhance power output, and optimize emissions from fuel cell systems and internal combustion engines. QUANTUM’s fuel systems enable fuel cells and internal combustion engines to operate on hydrogen, natural gas, or propane (NASDAQ: QTWW)