Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. today announced that it has received a multi-million dollar purchase order from General Motors (GM) for hydrogen fuel storage systems to be used in GM’s recently announced Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell vehicle program.
GM will begin building and deploying the world’s largest fleet of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles in 2007.
The 10,000 psi (70 MPa) hydrogen storage systems for these Equinox Fuel Cell vehicles are based on Quantum’s Type IV (polymer-lined, all-composite) ultra-lightweight tank technology, incorporating advancements in materials, material utilization, and optimized design, yielding benefits proprietary to GM.
These hydrogen storage systems are fully integrated modules comprised of three 10,000 psi tanks and incorporating Quantum’s proprietary high-pressure valves, regulators, and safety systems.
Quantum designed, developed, and safety tested these systems specifically for this GM vehicle program. the storage systems have been extensively tested and validated to operating conditions beyond current industry standards, addressing extreme temperature conditions found to occur in real world experience.
“Quantum is proud to have partnered with GM on this exciting program, which will be the largest fleet of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles equipped with range-extending 10,000 psi hydrogen storage systems. We believe that our 10,000 psi compressed hydrogen storage systems represent the state-of-the-art in design, manufacturing, and performance,” said Alan P. Niedzwiecki, President and CEO of Quantum.
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