A revolutionary research vehicle has been presented at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show: the Quant e-Sportslimousine. It’s the first automobile equipped with a nanoFlowcell powertrain. The full-electric sports car sprints in 2,8 seconds from 0 to 100 kph, despite weighting 2300 kg. Four in-wheel motors produce 480 kW continuously and have 680 kW peak power output. The maximum speed has been targeted on 380 kph and has a range between 400 and 600 kilometres.
How it works
Flow cells combine aspects of electrochemical accumulator cells with those of fuel cells. Liquid electrolytes are kept in two tanks of 100 litres each and circulated through the cell. At the heart of the system, a membrane separates the two electrolytic solutions, but allows electrical charge to pass through and thereby produce power for the drive train.
“The advantages of the nanoFlowcell lie in its high charge density, high performance density, and its light weight compared to conventional energy storage systems,” explains Nunzio La Vecchia. It produces little waste heat and it therefore has an operating efficiency of more than 80%.
The nanoFlowcell was conceived and is under active development at a simulation lab at nanoFlowcell AG in Zurich, Switzerland. The results so far: “At a nominal voltage of 600 V and 50 A nominal current the system is achieving an impressive continuous output of 30 kW. The nanoFlowcell has a 5-times greater performance-by-weight than current lithium-ion technologies that power most of today’s electrical vehicles, meaning its driving range is 5-times greater than a conventional unit of the same weight,” reads a statement.
The new QUANT e-Sportlimousine
Elegant, sporty and with an extraordinary design that underscores the special character of this car as the platform for a revolutionary new powertrain technology – this is the Quant e-Sportlimousine in its world premiere at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The company promises four R&D prototypes by the end of 2014.