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Quantum launches new line of converted plug-in hybrid F-150 pickup trucks for fleets

Overview of the plug-in hybrid system for the F-150. Click to enlarge.

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. has launched a new line of hybrid vehicles—converted plug-in hybrid versions of the Ford F-150 pickup, the highest volume selling vehicle in the US. The conversions are based on the F-150 4 X 4 Extended Cab with 145” W.B.

Equipped with Quantum’s new “F-Drive” hybrid system, the PHEV F-150 will have a 35-mile electric range before shifting to a hybrid mode where it can continue for a total range of more than 400 miles. The vehicle will be capable of matching the performance of the conventional F-150 vehicle while achieving substantially higher fuel economy and producing lower emissions.

The plug-in F-150 uses a through the road parallel hybrid configuration, and incorporates:

  • 3.7L V6 with output of 305 hp (227 kW) and torque of 280 lb-ft (380 N·m)
  • 100 kW traction motor with 450 N·m (332 lb-ft) continuous, 650 N·m (479 lb-ft) peak torque
  • air-cooled 22.6 kWh Li-ion battery pack (240–385 VDC; 160–320 A)
  • 100 kW power inverter
  • 290–420 VDC DC/DC converter
  • 1–3 kW charger

To meet the requirements of fleet customers, the F-Drive has been integrated in the F-150 vehicle such that there is no impingement into the cab or bed and it maintains full ground clearance. Top speed of the vehicle is 95 mph, and 0-60 acceleration in electric mode takes less than 11 seconds. Towing capacity is 2,000 lbs.



When you look at other conversions, they put the motor between the transmission and drive shaft by shortening the drive shaft. This one seems of have an additional drive component.

Either way, the cost for conversion is formidable and not many would choose to do this. It is good to see the attempt, the Silverado hybrid pickup gets 20 mpg around town versus 14 mpg regular, but it costs a lot more too.


Its a thru-the-road hybrid, but then they mention that its available in both 2wd and 4wd.. and that is definition that kind of hybrid is 4wd. The text talks about 100kw motor and inverter but the picture shows 150kw.. hopefully it will go into production.

No mention of cost, probably around $30k extra


Quantum is the company working with Fisker as I recall. I am not sure of the marketing for this product. Are they advocating that fleet trucks be converted? Are they trying to get companies to buy new trucks and have them converted? It is not clear who the customer base is, it is more like offer it and they will come because we can do it.


Our fleet follows the ECO5 principles, is CO2 managed, and will even be carbon neutral by 2016.

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