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Quantum Launches Converted Plug-in F-150 Pickup Line for Fleets
In brief: Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies has launched a new line of hybrid conversions, this time using the Ford F-150 pickup as its base.
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Ford's F-150 pickup series is the highest-volume vehicle selling in America right now and a large number of those purchases are by corporate fleets. Quantum is hoping to capitalize on that by offering a plug-in hybrid electric version of the F-150, the F-Drive.
The F-Drive system converts an F-150 into a full plug-in hybrid vehicle. It's capable of going up to 35 miles on battery and motors alone before shifting into hybrid mode. Total range is about 400 miles (gas-electric).
Performance matches F-150 standard versions, but fuel economy is substantially higher at roughly 30% savings.
The F-150 PHEV from Quantum is a parallel hybrid capable of 305hp and sports a 22.6kWh battery pack (li-ion), a top speed of 95mph and a sub-11 second 0-60 all electric. Towing capacity remains at 2,000 lbs.
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The conversions are aimed at fleets who would realize potentially substantial savings over the life of the truck.
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