Dow Chemical places plug-in hybrid contract with Quantum
The Ford F-150 pickup truck uses the "Quantum F-Drive" hybrid drive system developed by Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide. The technology has been designed to offer substantially increased fuel efficiency, reliability, low maintenance cost, emission reduction benefits and extended range capability.
Ideal for fleet vehicle driving characteristics, the F-150 PHEV has a 35-mile electric-only range and a range of over 400 miles in hybrid electric mode. The 20kWh Dow Kokam battery enables delivery of the required vehicle range in addition to speeds of up to 85 mph and 0-60mph acceleration in less than 12 seconds.
The fleet vehicles, incorporating Quantum's F-Drive, will meet Department of Transportation Federal Motor Vehicles Safety Standards and US Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board emission requirements.
'Quantum is proud to be partnering with The Dow Chemical Company to launch the PHEV F-150 truck,' said Alan Niedzwiecki, president and CEO of Quantum Technologies. 'We are excited and impressed by Dow's progressive thinking, environmental stewardship and willingness to lead.'
Dave Kepler, Dow's executive vice president, Business Services and chief sustainability officer, said: 'By converting approximately 5 percent of our US truck fleet to PHEV battery technology, we are driving the adoption of energy alternatives beyond existing boundaries while we work to reduce emissions and dependence on fossil fuel for fleet operations.'