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Dow Chemical taps Irvine's Quantum for hybrid trucks

The local alternative energy firm will deliver more than 100 Ford F-150 vehicles to the Torrance-based firm.

By Kristen SchottPublished: May 27, 2011 09:41 AM

Irvine's Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies is set to deliver more than 100 plug-in hybrid electric Ford F-150 trucks to Dow Chemical Co.

Quantum makes advanced propulsion systems, energy storage technologies and alternative-fuel vehicles. Its new hybrid-drive platform, the F-Drive, is powered by Dow Kokam lithium ion technology and was built specifically for the F-150 pickup truck.

Dow Chemical Co., headquartered in Torrance, develops specialty chemicals for fields such as electronics, water, energy and coatings. Dow Chemical plans to convert 5 percent of its U.S. truck fleet to plug-in hybrid electric vehicle battery systems, said Dave Kepler, the company's executive vice president of business services and chief sustainability officer.

"Dow is a recognized leader in sustainability, as demonstrated by our 2015 sustainability goals to reduce energy consumption and emissions, as well as in our mission to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress by providing sustainable solutions ... like solar shingles and battery components for electric and hybrid-electric vehicles," he said.

The company is helping to fuel the implementation of energy alternatives "beyond existing boundaries," added Kepler.

"Quantum is proud to be partnering with The Dow Chemical Company to launch the PHEV F-150 truck," said Alan Niedzwiecki, president and CEO of Quantum. "We are excited and impressed by Dow's progressive thinking, environmental stewardship and willingness to lead."

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