From June 19-22 Quantum Technologies is showcasing an extended-range electric vehicle conversion of the Ford F-150 pickup at the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference in Williamsburg, Va.

With similar range performance to a Chevy Volt, the PHEV version of one of America’s best-selling light-duty trucks is said to go 35 miles in all-electric mode (55 km), then shift to hybrid-electric mode for a total range of over 400 miles (640 km).

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Obviously the internal combustion range is dependent on fuel tank size. Requests for fuel economy info and more information were not returned by deadline, but we are surmising internal combustion engine performance is similar to a stock F-150.

As it is, Quantum reports the truck already has $14 million in pre-orders from “two major fleet customers with strong interest being generated from large corporations, utilities and fleet customers.”

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The hybrid F-150 incorporates the company’s “F-Drive” system merging an electric powertrain with a petrol powertrain to eliminate range anxiety – a requirement for many fleets. Quantum says it will meet Department of Transportation Federal Motor Vehicles Safety Standards, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources Board emission requirements.

Quantum is known for having worked also with Fisker developing its similar “Q-Drive,” and we recently reported its powertrain is being developed for military fleet applications as well.

The company was previously known as an innovator in fuel cell technology, but more recently has switched its attention to battery electric and petrol-based internal combustion innovation as the market has shifted in favor of PHEV technology.

The F-150 will incorporate Dow Kokam Lithium-ion batteries, but few technical specs were released.

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What is known is the F-drive was developed not for individual consumers at this time, and the system is similar to the Q-drive in the Fisker.

The positive news for consumers is corporate fleet needs for efficient cost-effective vehicles and resultant large contracts are another market stimulus to continue developing hybrid and electric vehicle technology.

"We are pleased to showcase the F-150 PHEV at EUFMC, which is one of America's largest showcases for utility vehicles and work trucks," said Alan Niedzwiecki, the president and CEO of Quantum. "All fleets are faced with the challenge of reducing operating costs and lowering carbon footprint and emission profile. The F-150 PHEV provides a solution to that challenge."

Source: HybridCars, by Jeff Cobbs, June 21st, 2011