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Quantum wins hydrogen vehicle development contract from Mahindra

ABR Staff Writer Published 13 January 2012

US-based auto parts maker Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies has received an engineering development contract from Indian automotive manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) to develop hydrogen systems for the company’s mini-bus platform.

As per the contract, Quantum will design and modify Mahindra's 2.5L engine to run on clean hydrogen and will enhance the performance characteristics of the vehicle through improved electronic control software strategies and engine calibration.

Quantum president and CEO Alan Niedzwiecki said this initiative is a significant opportunity for Quantum, to further demonstrate the benefit of utilizing Quantum's hydrogen internal combustion technologies in commercial vehicle applications.

"We are pleased to work with Mahindra and Mahindra on this important project to demonstrate the potential for hydrogen in reducing emissions," Niedzwiecki said.

The contract also includes the provision of ultra-light weight hydrogen storage system and proprietary hydrogen fuel injection system for Mahindra's mini bus platform.

Quantum's hydrogen systems development program involves the design, development and testing of a hydrogen internal combustion engine prototype which suits for commercial vehicle application and incorporation of light-weight fuel storage system.

The hydrogen fuel system's classification, implementation of engine electronic control strategy, testing of emission, performance, and durability will be done at Quantum's Advanced Concepts Center in Lake Forest, California, US.