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Quantum’s PHEV F-150 for EPRI

September 20, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two Trucks at HTUF 2012 in Charlotte This Week Too

Quantum Technologies spread the word at HTUF 2012 in Charlotte this week that its Ford F-150 plug-in hybrid electric pickup would be part of EPRI’s re-structured PHEV program.

Quantum’s plug-in hybrid electric Ford F-150 at Crissy Field in San Francisco.

The Quantum PHEV with 100-kilowatt (134 horsepower, continuous) parallel hybrid electric, “F-Drive” brand powertrain employs Remy motors. It is built on a 145-inch F-150 chassis (regular or super cab) with 3.7-liter flex-fuel V-6 engine and lithium ion batteries. Electric-only range is stated at 35 miles.

Quantum brought two of the trucks to HTUF, including one for today’s ride-and-drive at the zMax Dragway at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Designed for ‘Rugged Fleet Users’

“The truck is intended for customers who typically drive an average of 35 to 75 miles per day, who can really take advantage of the 35-mile EV range,” says Quantum strategic development director Dave Mazaika, “while providing the capability to drive for extended durations if needed” – up to 600 miles on gasoline.

Vehicle software was completely developed by Quantum, Mazaika says, and has been validated for high volume use. The F-Drive hardware is fully integrated with the chassis: “There is no impact to ground clearance or bed space,” he says.

“The truck is designed for rugged fleet users who desire to substantially reduce their operating costs, while reducing harmful emissions and our country’s dependence on foreign oil,” he said in an email to F&F. He notes that the vehicle is fully operational in both two-wheel and four-wheel-drive modes.

zMax Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway on August 3 — John Davison photo

“We are pleased to demonstrate Quantum’s pilot PHEV F-150 vehicles at the HTUF conference for the fleet managers to experience firsthand the performance and versatility of our highly efficient electric drive system,” Quantum CEO Brian Olson said in a release prior to Calstart’s event this week in Charlotte, N.C.

Mazaika notes that the F-Drive F-150 PHEV is eligible for various incentives, including the California Air Resources Board-Calstart HVIP initiative: “The current HVIP rebate amounts are $10,000 for the first three vehicles, $8,000 for vehicles  four to 100, and $6,000 for vehicles 101 to 200,” he reports.

EPRI’s re-structured PHEV initiative follows the overall structure of previous programs, with the South Coast Air Quality Management District receiving federal DoE/ARRA money (the formal award is still pending) and contracting with EPRI to manage the program, according to EPRI’s Michigan-based Mark Kosowski.

“Program interest remains very strong,” Kosowski says. EPRI manages the program participants, he notes, “largely consisting of utilities and municipalities across North America.”

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