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Mahindra & Mahindra awards Quantum contract for hydrogen ICE vehicle development

12 January 2012

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc. has been awarded an engineering development contract from India automaker Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. to develop hydrogen systems for a mini-bus platform. Under this contract, Quantum will engineer and modify Mahindra’s 2.5L engine to run on hydrogen, while improving vehicle performance characteristics through enhanced electronic control software strategies and engine calibration.

Quantum will supply its ultra-light weight hydrogen storage system and proprietary hydrogen fuel injection system for this application.

The program involves the design, development and testing of a prototype hydrogen internal combustion engine suitable for commercial vehicle application and integration of light-weight fuel storage system. Quantum will define and implement engine electronic control strategy, and perform emission, performance and durability testing of the hydrogen fuel system at its test facility at its Advanced Concepts Center in Lake Forest, California.

In India, the transportation sector accounts for nearly 20% of green house gas emissions. India is making effort through various alternative technologies on transport vehicles to limit green house gas emissions. Hydrogen is identified as one of the key fuels in the long term to mitigate emission.

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