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March 24, 2004

California Orders 30 Hydrogen-Fueled Cars

California's South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has approved $2.3 million for Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc., to provide engineering, design, and development of advanced hydrogen fuel systems for a fleet of 30 Toyota Prius hybrid electric vehicles. The test fleet will also meet Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV) emissions levels and will be demonstrated at sites such as the SCAQMD headquarters and the cities of Burbank, Ontario, Riverside, Santa Ana, and Santa Monica.

In addition to commissioning the vehicles, the SCAQMD has initiated an effort to establish a network of hydrogen fueling stations. This program is part of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Hydrogen Highway Initiative, which proposes to install hydrogen fueling stations approximately every 20 miles along major freeways throughout California. See Quantum's press release.