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February 28, 2005
Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. and the U.S. Army TARDEC’s NAC (Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center’s National Automotive Center) unveiled a high performance, fuel cell off-road vehicle at the annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army in Washington, DC. The “Quantum AMV™” (Alternative Mobility Vehicle), nicknamed the “Aggressor,” is a fuel cell vehicle designed and manufactured by Quantum for the U.S. Army under contract with the NAC. This vehicle provides significant advantages to U.S. troops for high mobility in stealth operations.
Features of the Quantum Aggressor include:
The Quantum Aggressor runs on compressed hydrogen utilizing Quantum’s proprietary Type IV impact resistant carbon fiber storage tanks. A 10 kW fuel cell is coupled with an energy storage module in a parallel hybrid configuration, which
provides power on demand to a high-torque electric motor driving the rear-wheels. Preliminary tests have shown that the acceleration of the Quantum Aggressor is far superior to an unmodified gasoline internal combustion engine-powered all-terrain vehicle, reaching 40 miles per hour twice as fast. Ungoverned, the Quantum Aggressor is capable of reaching speeds of 80 miles per hour. Quantum’s electronic control system imposes torque and speed limits on the drivetrain to enhance traction and safety.
The Quantum Aggressor can be driven to the intended destination and then used as a silent power generator to produce high quality electricity for telecommunications, surveillance, targeting, and other battlefield equipment. The vehicle does not produce any emissions throughout the different operating modes.
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