|The first-generation Aggressor fuel-cell hybrid.|
The US Army has awarded Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:QTWW) a $4.88-million contract to develop a diesel hybrid electric version of its Alternative Mobility Vehicle (AMV) “Aggressor.”
This program is a follow-on to Quantum's Aggressor vehicle, a high-performance light-duty off-road fuel-cell hybrid vehicle developed for the US Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), National Automotive Center (NAC). (Earlier post.)
The objective of this program is to develop a second-generation high-performance light-duty off-road hybrid electric vehicle platform based on the results of and feedback from the US Army’s testing and evaluation of the original Aggressor.
The propulsion system for this next phase of AMV development will focus on a JP-8 fuel-compatible diesel internal combustion engine-based, battery-dominant, series-hybrid electric system, which would provide a cost-effective, near-term solution. Pre-production prototypes will be developed and built for testing and evaluation by selected commands to assess mission suitability, supportability, performance objectives, and guidance on final vehicle configuration.
The contract will be through and administered by Alion Science and Technology Corporation, based in Alexandria, VA. Alion will provide project management oversight in support of this effort for the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center.