IRVINE, CA -- Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc. said it has received a contract to deliver more than 100 plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) pickup truck fleet vehicles powered by Dow Kokam lithium-ion battery technology to the Dow Chemical Co.

Quantum developed the new hybrid drive system "Quantum F-Drive" specifically for the Ford F-150 pickup truck, one of the highest volume selling fleet vehicles in America.

"By converting approximately 5 percent of our U.S. truck fleet to PHEV battery technology, we are driving the adoption of energy alternatives beyond existing boundaries while we work to reduce emissions and dependence on fossil fuel for fleet operations," said Dave Kepler, Dow’s executive vice president of business services and the company’s chief sustainability officer.

The F-150 PHEV has a 35-mile electric-only range, and shifts to hybrid electric mode thereafter for a total range of over 400 miles. 

The 20 kWh Dow Kokam battery enables delivery of the required vehicle range in addition to speeds of up to 85 mph and 0-60 MPH acceleration in less than 12 seconds.

"Quantum and Dow Kokam are cooperating to bring some of the first PHEV, light duty fleet vehicles to market that truly meet the performance demands and cost payback requirements of corporate fleets," said Chuck Reardon, commercial vice president of Dow Kokam. 

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