Quantum Awarded Contract to Develop Diesel Hybrid Electric Vehicles for U.S. Army

May 21, 2007, 01:00 ET from Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc.

    IRVINE, Calif., May 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Quantum Fuel Systems
 Technologies Worldwide, Inc. (Nasdaq:   QTWW) today announced that it was
 awarded a contract to develop a diesel hybrid electric version of its
 Alternative Mobility Vehicle (AMV) "Aggressor." This program is a follow on
 to Quantum's successful "Aggressor" vehicle, a high performance light-duty
 off-road fuel cell hybrid vehicle developed for the U.S. Army's Tank
 Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), National
 Automotive Center (NAC). The contract has a total value of $4.88 million.
     The objective of this program is to develop a second-generation
 high-performance light-duty off-road hybrid electric vehicle platform based
 on the results of and feedback from the U.S. Army's testing and evaluation
 of the Aggressor. The propulsion system for this next phase of AMV
 development will focus on a JP-8 fuel-compatible diesel internal combustion
 engine based, battery dominant, series hybrid electric system, which would
 provide a cost-effective, near-term solution as fuel cell technology
 matures. Pre-production prototypes will be developed and built for testing
 and evaluation by selected commands to assess mission suitability,
 supportability, performance objectives, and guidance on final vehicle
     "We believe that the AMV program offers an innovative solution as a
 long-range reconnaissance vehicle that fills a technology gap for the U.S.
 Army in its national defense efforts while reducing its fuel logistic
 burden," said Alan Niedzwiecki, President and CEO of Quantum. "The
 vehicle's silent watch capability, high performance acceleration, extended
 range, and exportable power provide significant advantages for the U.S.
 Army in communications, surveillance, targeting, and reconnaissance
 missions. We believe that this vehicle and Quantum's innovative hybrid
 drivetrain will also be very well-suited for other commercial applications,
 including homeland security, border patrol, park service operations, and
 light-duty automobiles."
     The contract will be through and administered by Alion Science and
 Technology Corporation, based in Alexandria, VA. Alion will provide project
 management oversight in support of this effort for the U.S. Army Tank
 Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center.
     About Quantum:
     Quantum, a fully integrated alternative energy company, is a leader in
 powertrain engineering, system integration and manufacturing of packaged
 fuel systems and accessories for specialty vehicles and applications
 including fuel cells, hybrids, alternative fuels, hydrogen refueling, new
 body styles, mid-cycle vehicle product enhancements and high performance
 engines and drive trains for OEMs and consumers of aftermarket parts and
 accessories. Quantum also designs and manufactures hybrid and fuel cell
 vehicles. Quantum also develops and manufacturers advanced lithium-ion
 batteries through its partner, Advanced Lithium Power.
     Quantum has product commercialization alliances with General Motors, AM
 General and Sumitomo. Quantum's customer base includes General Motors,
 Toyota, Opel, Hyundai, Suzuki, Ford, DaimlerChrysler, SunLine, Yamaha,
 AeroVironment, and the U.S. Army.
     More information can be found about Quantum's products and services at
     About TARDEC/NAC:
     The National Automotive Center (NAC), founded in 1992, is the
 Department of Defense/ Army focal point for collaborative ground vehicle
 research and development. The NAC, located at the Tank-automotive and
 Armaments Command (TACOM), is an integral part of the Army's
 Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). The
 NAC serves as a catalyst linking industry, academia and government agencies
 in the development and exchange of automotive technologies. The NAC
 leverages government, commercial industry and academia R&D investments, and
 initiates shared automotive technology programs. Its primary focus is to
 benefit current and future military ground vehicle systems through:
 performance improvements, service life extensions, and reduction in ground
 vehicle design / manufacturing / production / operation / support costs.
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     Dale Rasmussen
     Investor Relations
     Email:  DRasmussen@qtww.com
     Andy Abele
     Executive Director, Strategic Development
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