Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide has received a purchase order for 15 hydrogen-fuelled Toyota Prius hybrid vehicles from Miljobil Grenland, a participant and vehicle provider to the Norwegian Hydrogen Highway (HyNor).

These hydrogen hybrid vehicles will be put in service in Norway in 2006 and 2007 as part of the HyNor programme.

HyNor is a unique Norwegian joint public/private partnership initiative to demonstrate real life implementation of hydrogen energy infrastructure along a route of 580 kilometers (360 miles) from Oslo to Stavanger during the years 2005 to 2008. The project comprises all steps required to develop a hydrogen infrastructure and includes various hydrogen production technologies and uses of hydrogen, in all cases with an adaptation to local conditions.

The overall objectives of the HyNor project are to demonstrate the commercial viability of hydrogen energy production, hydrogen's use in the transportation sector, and the development of a hydrogen infrastructure.

HyNor will address various means of transportation, including buses, taxis, and private cars, and various transportation systems, including urban, inter-city, regional, and long national transports. The project will connect various activities and cities in a common network along one of the major national transport corridors, between the capital Oslo and Stavanger, the major oil and energy city in Western Norway.

"We see this as a new and interesting segment of zero emission technology for the transportation sector, that complements our activities on electric cars," says Bjorn Nenseth, managing director of Miljobil Grenland.

The hydrogen Priuses to be delivered to Norway will be based on Quantum's OEM-caliber hydrogen hybrid vehicles operating in California.