Quantum’s Clandestine Extended Range Vehicle (CERV) on Display

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. (Nasdaq: QTWW), announced that its Clandestine Extended Range Vehicle (CERV), developed for and in cooperation with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), is on display at the 2010 SAE World Congress at Cobo Center in Detroit.

Quantum designed, developed and manufactured the CERV specifically as an advanced military scout vehicle that is intended for rapid, covert ingress and egress operations during reconnaissance, surveillance, and target-designation missions. The CERV features Quantum’s lightweight chassis and a new all-wheel-drive, diesel hybrid-electric powertrain that produces in excess of 5000 lb·ft (6780 N·m) of maximum torque. The CERV is certified for flight on a number of military aircraft and is also the only hybrid vehicle currently certified for transport in the Osprey rotorcraft.

The CERV incorporates Quantum’s Q-Force drivetrain, which was developed by Quantum in its Lake Forest Advanced Vehicle Center. The CERV can maintain speeds of 80 mph (129 km/h) and climb 60% grades—all while using up to 25% less fuel than conventional vehicles of comparable size.

The Q-Force drivetrain, a variant of Quantum’s Q-Drive™ drivetrain, is optimized for use with an efficient diesel (JP8) engine and configured to achieve 60% grades, can ford up to 30" of water, and other unique military requirements. The Q-Force is a series hybrid design which utilizes a 1.4 liter diesel engine mated to a 75kW generator. This is combined with power from a lithium ion battery pack to energize the vehicle’s 100kW permanent magnet drive motor. The diesel hybrid design is unique in U.S. light duty vehicles with nearly all other hybrids operating on gasoline. The Q-Force system takes advantage of the very high efficiency diesel engine to enable a high performance vehicle while achieving excellent fuel economy.

"With the Q-Force and Q-Drive meeting such demanding requirements for both military and commercial vehicles, this shows the strong breadth and capabilities of our hybrid drivetrain technologies and the strength of our Drive Systems team," said Alan P. Niedzwiecki, President and CEO of Quantum.

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 portfolio of technologies includes electronic controls, hybrid electric drive systems, hydrogen storage and metering systems and alternative fuel vehicle technologies that enable fuel efficient, low emission hybrid, plug-in hybrid electric, fuel cell, and alternative fuel 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, 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.