|H2 Prius units for Norway.|
Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide has shipped eleven hydrogen-fueled Prius hybrid vehicles to Miljobil Grenland AS, a participant and vehicle provider to the Norwegian Hydrogen Highway project (HyNor). The 11 are part of an order for 15 placed last year. (Earlier post.)
The Hydrogen Hybrid package for the Prius includes Quantum’s electronic multi-point hydrogen injection system, turbocharger and intercooler, Quantum’s compressed hydrogen fuel storage module and hydrogen fuel delivery system, and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) crashworthy design and validation.
The 11 vehicles in this shipment were equipped with an extended range package: 2.4 kg at 5,000 psi, compared to the standard 1.6 kg at 5,000 psi. The extended range package increases driving range by an estimated 30% to more than 100 miles.
In addition to performing in specified starting conditions and meeting certain drivability specifications, these vehicles were designed to meet European safety standards, including the successful completion of crash testing to verify the safety of the converted vehicles.
The Norwegian government, industry participants, and the organizations participating in a joint effort called HyNor plan on creating a Hydrogen Highway between the capital, Oslo, and western Norway’s port of Stavanger.
The Norwegian HyNor plan calls for five refueling stations along the main highway from Oslo to Stavanger, the center of the national petroleum industry that makes Norway the world’s third largest oil exporter, after Saudi Arabia and Russia. By 2009, HyNor plans to have enough fueling stations along the 580-kilometer (360 mile) route to allow hydrogen-powered vehicles to routinely make the trip. The ultimate goal is to extend the hydrogen infrastructure network through much of Scandinavia under the Scandinavian Hydrogen Highway Partnership, a joint organization formed by HyNor, Sweden’s HyFuture, and Denmark’s Hydrogen Link.