With a propulsion solution that seems Sci-Fi and a design that looks taken directly from the comic fiction, the QUANT e-Sportlimousine concept, developed by nanoFLOWCELL AG, took Geneva by surprise.
It is very likely that you never heard until now by nanoFLOWCELL AG. Although it seems a name for an electric car powered by hydrogen, we are talking about the name of a company based in Liechtenstein. And not just any company, but the one that brought at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show the most beautiful concept presented in this edition at the most important auto show of the first half of the year.
QUANT e-Sportlimousine by nanoFLOWCELL AG Live at Geneva Motor Show 2014
The official name of the prototype is QUANT e-Sportlimousine and is exceptional both in the design and propulsion solutions – the energy storage that it proposes.
With 5.25 meters in length and 2.2 meters width, the prototype is longer than an extended wheelbase Mercedes-Benz S-Class. QUANT e-Sportlimousine comes with flowing lines that resemble those of the individual transport solutions imagined by the science fiction filmmakers. The difference is that this prototype it’s not science fiction, even if it uses a propulsion system that can be considered with two steps ahead of those existing in the current automotive world.
nanoFLOWCELL – Complex propulsion solution
The most interesting thing about this is that the nanoFLOWCELL’s engineers resorted to the latest breakthroughs in nanotechnology, the branch that deals with the study and development of special materials that occurs at the microscopic level in order to modify the structures and cellular connections.
The chosen technical solution is complex, it relies on the so-called “Flow-Batteries” (a combination of normal batteries and hydrogen based cells, and the energy is not stored by an electrode, as in a conventional battery, but by a liquid electrolyte in a little more complex system) and is not very detailed in the company’s first official release.
What we know is that QUANT e-Sportlimousine has four electric motors, one for each wheel, developing altogether 925 horsepower on maximum load and 2,900 Nm of torque (2140 lb-ft) for each engine.
In terms of performance, we are talking about a propulsion solution which has the ability to propel the prototype in 2.8 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) and a top speed of 380 km/h (236 mph). Aided by two full liquid electrolyte tanks, QUANT e-Sportlimousine has an autonomy range between 400 and 600 kilometers (250 and 375 miles).
According to the nanoFLOWCELL company officials, the concept was developed in a lab in Zurich, and the first prototypes that will run on the streets will see the light of day by the end of this year. But for a production version of QUANT e-Sportlimousine will have to wait until 2015.
QUANT e-Sportlimousine Video – Geneva Motor Show 2014 Live
INSPIRED BY THE FUTURE100% FLOW The QUANT e-Sportlimousine features the revolutionary nanoFLOWCELL® energy storage technology – a further development of tried and tested redox flow-cell systems. The nanoFLOWCELL® sets itself apart from other systems in its ability to store and release electrical energy at very high energy densities. The very compact and powerful nanoFLOWCELL® battery system in the QUANT e-Sportlimousine prototype can power it for a driving range of up to 600 kilometres.
“We want to pave the way for extraordinary technical and scientific solutions.”
Thanks to its creative leader and a strong partner at its side, the nanoFLOWCELL AG is driving the further development of flow cell technology.
The heart of the QUANT e-Sportlimousine prototype is the nanoFLOWCELL® battery. It gives the car a driving range of 600 kilometres. The newest product moving the world towards attractive electrical mobility was conceived at the nanoFLOWCELL DigiLab simulation lab at nanoFLOWCELL AG in Zurich, Switzerland. It is still under active development and the results so far are extremely promising.
all-wheel drive via 4 three-phase induction motors, torque vectoring for optimal drive torque distribution
peak power: 680 KW (925 PS); 170 KW (231.2 PS) x 4
operating power: 480 KW (653 PS); 120 KW (163.2 PS) x 4
peak-torque per wheel: 2,900 NM x 4
nominal voltage: 600 V
nominal current: 50 A
tank capacity: 2 x 200 L
0 – 100 KM/H: 2.8 S
top speed: 380 + KM/H
range: projected 400 to 600 KM
energy consumption: 20 KWH/100 KM
Dimensions and weight:
kerb weight with full tanks: 2,300 KG
wheelbase: 3,198 MM
Highlight at the Geneva Motor Show 2014: The world premiere of the QUANT e-Sportlimousine with nanoFLOWCELL® powertrain concept
“A vision becomes reality.” With these words, Nunzio La Vecchia presented the new QUANT e-Sportlimousine during the press day of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The world premiere of the first automobile with a nanoFLOWCELL® powertrain aroused great international media interest. This highly anticipated, revolutionary powertrain technology and energy-storage system can give new impetus to the field of electric mobility.
“The QUANT e-Sportlimousine is a research vehicle for road testing innovative energy storage systems, focusing especially on development and improvements in flow cell battery technology,” according to Nunzio La Vecchia, Technical Director of nanoFLOWCELL AG.
“The QUANT e-Sportlimousine is neither a show car, nor a concept car. It is the first automobile to be fitted with the nanoFLOWCELL® that is also designed from the ground up to meet all homologation requirements,” La Vecchia explains the direction of the intensive research and development work undertaken to produce the first prototype during the last few years.
How the nanoFLOWCELL® works
Flow cells combine aspects of electrochemical accumulator cells with those of fuel cells. Liquid electrolytes are kept in two tanks 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.
Advantages of the nanoFLOWCELL®
“The advantages of the nanoFLOWCELL® lie in its high charge density, high performance density, and its light weight compared to conventional energy storage systems. Furthermore, it contains no harmful substances, no moving parts, and it is very efficient,” explains Nunzio La Vecchia.
The nanoFLOWCELL® was conceived and is under active development at the nanoFLOWCELL DigiLab simulation lab at nanoFLOWCELL AG in Zurich, Switzerland. The results are very promising: 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.
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. With its length of more than 5.25 metres and a width of more than 2.2 metres and a height of 1.35 metres, the QUANT e-Sportlimousine makes a bold statement in terms of its dimensions and proportions.
“It was important to us that our four-seater QUANT e-Sportlimousine would be a very sporty car despite its size and unusual dimensions,” Nunzio La Vecchia is thrilled by the very positive public reactions at the car’s premiere in Geneva. Two unusually long gull-wing doors, large 1.7 metre wide side windows, extremely curved front and rear windscreen, no b-pillar, 22 inch tyres, and a short front bonnet are all part of the impressive optics of the new QUANT e-Sportlimousine.
The interior stands out with some unusual highlights: The two rows of seats, one behind the other in jet-cockpit style, accentuate the carbon fibre monocoque construction. The prototype presented in Geneva also won a lot of fans for its paint colour, “chrystal lake blue” developed exclusively for this vehicle, which reflects the character of the powertrain. The blue represents water; copper highlights, the flowing of electricity.
Another distinctive feature of the new QUANT e-Sportlimousine are its wooden operating controls. The new sensorFLOW® technology provides a visual highlight never seen before in automobile control elements. At first glance, you only seen the natural, smooth ash wood surfaces. Once the QUANT e-Sportlimousine is activated, the control elements become visible through the natural wood. “The wood surfaces are so thin that a light touch of the finger on the sensorFLOW® icons triggers the appropriate action,” enthuses development lead Nunzio La Vecchia, “This innovation allows us use a sustainable material like wood to give you a direct connection to the digital control systems.”
The interior also features modern display technology more than 1.25 metres wide and 16 centimetres tall, the front display gives this car that widescreen cinema feeling. The QUANT e-Sportlimousine’s complete infotainment system is implemented in an Android-based system. The new QUANTmobile App allows the driver to access the QUANT e-Sportlimousine’s climate and infotainment controls from outside the vehicle. Driving statistics and navigation functions are also accessible from a smartphone.
The next public presentation of the QUANT e-Sportlimousine will be April 17 to 20 at the nanoFLOWCELL AG stand at Top Marques Monaco 2014.[/learn_more]
QUANT e-Sportlimousine via nanoFLOWCELL AG at Geneva Motor Show 2014