Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc., developer and producer of natural gas storage systems, integration and vehicle system technologies, has been notified by the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Public Interest Energy Research Program that Quantum’s proposal in response to the Program Opportunity Notice entitled Advanced Natural Gas Engine Research and Development for Class 3 through Class 7 Applications has been recommended for a $1 million grant award.
Southern California Gas has also committed additional funding to help the project meet its technical goals.
The grant will fund the development and validation of a low-cost, multi-port fuel-injected natural-gas fuel system and engine with advanced controls, designed for Class 3 to Class 7 fleet applications such as buses, medium-duty trucks, and port freight-handling vehicles. Quantum’s partners in this project are Power Solutions International, Inc. (PSI), a cleantech engine manufacturer, technology and strategy consultancy Ricardo, and the University of California, Riverside. The project will utilize PSI’s new 8.8-liter engine for the base engine, targeting a 20% improvement in fuel economy and a 16% improvement in power density for the natural gas version to meet an urgent market need for advanced natural gas options for medium duty applications.
(Source: Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc.)