Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc. (Irvine, Calif.) announced on July 23 that it has designed, developed and shipped a new generation of ultra light weight, carbon fiber-based composite hydrogen storage units for Suzuki Motor Corp.'s Fuel Cell Vehicle Program. The systems for Suzuki were developed, analyzed, and tested to meet the Japanese Government requirements.
The higher fuel density capability of Quantum's hydrogen tank systems allows on-board packaging without intrusion into passenger and cargo areas. Quantum's new generation of Type IV (polymer lined, all composite) ultra light weight tank has been tested and validated to operating conditions beyond current industry and government standards. Reported benefits include exceptional fast-fill performance and low permeation levels. Quantum also says it was able to achieve further reductions in material cost and improvements in both material utilization and manufacturing efficiency compared with previous generation tanks.
Quantum's portfolio of technologies includes advanced lithium-ion battery systems, electronic controls, hybrid electric drive systems, hydrogen storage and metering systems and alternative fuel technologies that enable fuel efficient, low emission hybrid, plug-in hybrid electric, fuel cell and alternative fuel vehicles. Quantum is a co-founder of Fisker Automotive Inc., which makes the Fisker Karma, launched at the Detroit International Auto Show in January 2008.