February 16, 2006 |
Irvine-based Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide said it would develop a hydrogen-burning Ford Escape Hybrid vehicle for the Army as part of a hydrogen fuel demonstration project. Quantum, a hydrogen fuel systems specialist, said it would develop an on-board fuel storage system, fuel injection system and electronic controls to convert the gasoline engine in the gas-electric Escape Hybrid to an engine that runs on hydrogen. Details of the contract were not revealed. -- John O'Dell
October 9, 2003 |
The Army, which must haul its fuel with it when it takes the field, has hired an Irvine-based fuel systems developer to build a prototype special operations vehicle that would run quietly on a hydrogen-powered fuel cell. The contract calls for Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc. to develop an all-terrain vehicle over the next 10 months. A six-month field test would follow. The size of the contract was not revealed.
March 9, 2004 |
To help foster development of hydrogen fuel, the South Coast Air Quality Management District has approved a $4-million pilot program to convert a fleet of Toyota Prius hybrids into hydrogen-powered vehicles by this time next year. The Prius project is intended to push development of a hydrogen fuel infrastructure by providing more vehicles that use the fuel, said Chung Liu, deputy executive director of the regional air district.
January 30, 2003 |
President Bush's plan to spend $1.2 billion to further hydrogen-fuel research probably would help speed up development of fuel-cell vehicles and provide California businesses with increased opportunities to profit from the new technologies, industry experts say. Although automotive fuel-cell development has been in the works for at least the last five years, the president's proposal to more than double federal funding for hydrogen-fuel research is seen as critical to increasing momentum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2006 |
Hidden amid a sea of asphalt, heavy machinery and city buildings is Riverside's only fueling station where the stench of gasoline is a thing of the past. The station dispenses what city officials and the South Coast Air Quality Management District hope will be the fuel of the future: hydrogen. Riverside's hydrogen station is part of a project sponsored by the AQMD to test the practicability of hydrogen fueling stations and hydrogen-powered cars on California's roads.
February 19, 2003 |
The driver looks through a vast, sloped windshield that covers space usually taken up by an engine. There is no dashboard, instrument panel, steering wheel or pedals -- just a set of adjustable footrests. All controls are electronic, so that the driver twists a pair of handles to go, moves them to turn and squeezes them to stop. This, though, is no Hollywood moviemaker's fantasy car. It is General Motors Corp.'