|Hydrogen demonstration stations in Southern California. The shaded circle denotes a 70-mile radius from AQMD headquarters.|
Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide has received notice from the California Air Resources Board of its intent to lease 4 hydrogen-fueled Toyota Prius hybrid vehicles. These hydrogen hybrid vehicles will be put in service by the State of California later this year as part of the California Hydrogen Highway Network (CaH2Net).
|H2 Prius Specifications|
|Power||70 hp (52 kW) @ 4,500 rpm|
|Torque||111 Nm @ 4,000 rpm|
|Fuel consumption||56–58 m/kg (FTP city test)|
40–60 m/kg (real world estimate)
|Fuel capacity||1.6 kg @ 5,000 psig|
2.4 kg @ 5,000 psig (extended)
Quantum’s H2Hybrid package for the Toyota Prius includes an electronic multi-point hydrogen injection system, turbocharger and intercooler, compressed hydrogen fuel storage module, hydrogen fuel delivery system and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) crashworthy design and validation.
With the standard compressed hydrogen storage option (1.6 kg), the H2 Prius will have an effective hydrogen-fueled range of about 80 miles. An extended range storage option can kick that up to approximately 120 miles.
In addition to performing in specified starting conditions and meeting certain driveability specifications, the vehicles have been designed and tested to achieve SULEV (Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle) emissions standards and have undergone crash testing to verify the safety of the converted vehicles. Quantum is also developing an H2Hybrid package for the Ford Escape Hybrid sport utility vehicle, in conjunction with the US Army, for use as an administrative vehicle as well as a hydrogen technology demonstrator. (Earlier post.)
CaH2Net is a State initiative to promote the use of hydrogen as a means of diversifying the sources of transportation energy used, while ensuring environmental and economic benefits. To be implemented in three phases, the California Hydrogen Blueprint Plan outlines a path to 250 hydrogen fueling stations and 20,000 hydrogen fueled vehicles.