nanoFlowcell To Present New QUANT F At Geneva Motor Show

FEB 20 2015 BY MARK KANE 16



nanoFlowcell will be back at 2015 Geneva International Motor Show in March with a new version of QUANT, a flow battery electric car.

The four-seater e-sports saloon QUANT F will get roughly 30% more range than the previous E version – up to 800 km / 500 miles using 500 liters of ionic fluids – 250 with a positive charge and 250 with a negative charge.

Power is raised to over 800 kW, of course AWD, and there’s some new sleep mode for the front axle, 2-speed transmission.

Among the new features is a 2-stage rear aerofoil, which helps downforce from 80 km/h to over 300 km/h.

To get peak power, nanoFlowcell utilizes a new buffer system between the flow battery and the motors, which bumps the current to over 2,000 amperes.

Electric automobile with range of 800 km and exceptional performance

“This car is enormously powerful, environment-friendly and unique in one,” says Nunzio La Vecchia, Chief Technical Officer at nanoFlowcell AG, of the new QUANT F, which will have its world premiere at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show on 3 March 2015.

The four-seater e-sports saloon with nanoFlowcell® drive technology is a further development of the QUANT E from 2014, the first automobile with flow cell drive to be approved by the German TÜV technical inspection authority.”The new QUANT F has been completely re-engineered and re-designed. With its new 2-speed automatic transmission we have developed a new drive system, the likes of which has not existed to date. This 2-speed transmission was developed in-house specifically for impressive QUANT performance with nanoFlowcell®. A top speed of over 300 km/h in all-electric mode with nanoFlowcell® drive technology and zero harmful emissions round off the exceptional performance attributes of the new QUANT F.

The new QUANT F – environment-friendly dynamic performance with 1090 hp/801.69 kW

“The QUANT F is a complete re-design of its predecessor, the QUANT E, and stands apart not only in terms of appearance with its red colour but also as a result of the integration of newly developed technical components. We have achieved a further improvement in performance figures with the nanoFlowcell®. With the QUANT F we are currently able to attain peak output of 1090 PS/801.69 kW for a limited duration and a maximum rated voltage of 735 V (previously 600 V). This represents a massive increase for an electric vehicle. In this connection, I would expressly like to point out that we researchers are not interested here in pumping up hp/kW figures, but rather in realising what is technically feasible. For both technical and economic reasons, the rated voltage for normal operation of the QUANT F will stand at approximately 400 V in future. This enables efficient and economical driving and means correspondingly greater ranges accompanied by outstanding performance with zero harmful emissions,” explains Chief Technical Officer, Nunzio La Vecchia.

The enhanced nanoFlowcell® continuously feeds over 50 amperes of current into the newly developed buffer system of the QUANT F. In turn, this buffer system is briefly able to supply over 2000 amperes when needed for full performance. “To our knowledge, no-one has ever before put a system delivering over 2000 amperes on the road in a passenger car. This is unique. We achieve this by combining our flow battery with the new buffer system. This system opens up vast potential for the future of electric mobility,” says Nunzio La Vecchia.

A newly developed monocoque made of carbon fibre with a narrower A-pillar provides the QUANT F with a more spacious interior and elegant lines while offering exceptional safety for four passengers.

Range of 800 km with nanoFlowcell® and ionic fluid

In addition to the QUANT F’s outstanding performance data and design, the vehicle also boasts impressive range: “Please consider that we are driving a 5.25-metre long sports saloon in all-electric mode over a range of 800 km. This is not a small car, but a large saloon for four people. A sports saloon. As such, nanoFlowcell AG is pointing the way to the future shape of sustainable electric mobility,” observes La Vecchia.
As an alternative drive system, the nanoFlowcell® is operated with an ionic fluid. “Instead of using hydrogen and oxygen as in a conventional fuel cell, we work with two ionic fluids – one with a positive charge and one with a negative charge,” explains Nunzio La Vecchia. With a total tank capacity of 500 litres, comprising two times 250 litres in two tanks accommodated separately in the QUANT’s substructure, in the space of only nine months we have achieved an increase in range of over 30 percent in comparison to the QUANT E from 2014. “We are only in the initial phase of our development work. The fact that we store the energy for our drive in a fluid provides us with enormous advantages over systems employed to date in the field of electric mobility. We can use all the cavities in the vehicle to transport the ionic fluid. As the fluid is neither flammable nor toxic, we believe we are absolutely on the right track with this medium,” Nunzio La Vecchia adds.

Disengageable front axle for optimum performance

As another innovation on the QUANT F, the permanent 4×4 all-wheel drive, which is implemented via four electric motors, can be converted automatically into a rear-wheel drive at appropriately high speeds or high acceleration rates. To this end the front axle is declutched and subsequently runs in idling mode. “We endeavour to provide the driver with optimum acceleration and stability in every driving situation, especially at higher speeds. This is easier to achieve with rear-wheel drive than with permanent 4×4 drive,” explains La Vecchia.

2-stage rear aerofoil for sporty driving

The 2-stage aerofoil is another new feature on the QUANT F. This is activated automatically on attaining a speed of 80 km/h, applying additional negative lift force to the rear wheels for sporty driving, particularly at high speeds. “Thanks to its aerodynamic design, the QUANT F achieves outstanding drag coefficients. The 2-stage rear aerofoil enables the driver to apply the necessary grip to the road for even sportier driving, even at extremely high speeds and acceleration rates. It’s the ultimate thrill behind a steering wheel,” enthuses Nunzio La Vecchia.

“QUANTeYES” headlamps

“As a research and development company, we are always endeavouring to push back the boundaries and introduce innovations which are unknown to the market. An example in 2014 was the sensorFlow Technology®, our capacitive switches projected onto real wood. We have now come up with something new once again in the field of light technology: In the front lights of the QUANT F we have installed back-lit crystals which project a “Q” for QUANT when the headlamps are switched on. The front lights of the QUANT F now have the appearance of eyes with pupils. QUANT eyes – giving rise to the name QUANTeYES. This lends the entire front section even more personality and gives it a special face,” observes Chief Technical Officer La Vecchia.

Exterior already 100 percent compatible with homologation requirements, interior over 90 percent compatible

With the new QUANT F, nanoFlowcell AG is aiming for homologation for the purposes of series production. “The exterior of the new QUANT F is already 100% in compliance with the requirements pertaining to series production homologation on a technical level. The interior is around 90% in compliance with homologation requirements. Homologation requirements currently still require to be met with regard to the rear display, the airbags, the complex crash tests and formal tests and documentation. The crash tests are to be carried out in the USA and in Germany. Though I must say the idea of putting such a fascinating car through a crash test really grates on me,” says Nunzio La Vecchia, Chief Technical Officer at nanoFlowcell AG.”



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La Vecchia is still a Con Artist.

Every Year he presents a new car wich promises to be the new technology breakthrough.

First its solar cells then flow cells.
No proof that they even work.

Hireing good names in the buisiness to build parts of his cars to distract form the fact that he only makes nice looking cars that don´t work(as promised).

Dont feed the troll! 😉

They are road testing the e as we speak. Just because they are thinking outside the box does not make him a con artist. There is good science that you could do in the classroom that shows that this sort of thing is possible. The challenge is to take an idea conceived in a lab or classroom and expand it to the level of commercial viability. We see how challenging that is even with the help of crowdfunding. I would rather see somebody try something and fail than to never try at all.

At the very least they can do a black box demonstration run like Kolibri battery did (since then they have disappeared from the EV world it seems).

What they claim is not impossible, but it’ll be low power density. Instead of a supercar it’ll be more like the i3 REx once the battery runs out. There’s only so much a buffer can do (large continuous loads like higher speeds, headwinds, going up a grade will still be an issue).

He’s a proven scam artist. He previously said he had a revolutionary solar cell, and scammed people out of their money. Translate this article:

The only flow cell chemistry being looked at by battery companies is based on vanadium, and that has nowhere near the energy density needed to substantiate these claims. Nobody knows what miracle tech is behind their nanoFLOWCELL.

They hired Koenigsegg to build a solar powerd car in 2009. With new solar Technology developed by La Vecchia (NLV Solar) himself. Totaly redicoulus power density claims. Never tested never proven. Koenigsegg gets very silent when they get asked if they still work with NLV Solar 😉 2001 he conned a 89 years old woman (a department store chain owner) into investing 39 million dollars to build this wondercar. I think this money still “fuels” his long con. Streettesting is a little much. They aquired a permission to drive the car on Germnan streets. They sell this as the German TÜV had prooven the technology would work. But the only checked that you do not kill anyone with this Prototype on public streets. TÜV said that the flow cell was a black box for them. Since then no one saw any roadtesting. The next con was involving Bosch. They sold it that Bosch would develop the flow cell tech with nanoFlowCell ( la vecchias current inc.) Bosch told a german newspaper that they only develop the powertrain and electronics. The NFC claims were totaly overstated. The flow cell was a black box for them. Every time a big name is… Read more »

Believe it or not, a 5000lb mass moving at 200mph only has 2.5kWh of kinetic energy. So maybe 5kWh of supercaps is all they’d need to touch 200 mph.

But yeah, 50kW is going to give quite poor sustained performance for a 5000lb car. Not very becoming for a car of this expense to struggle on a long uphill section.

Anyway, it’s all fantasy. I highly doubt the flow cell even works.

Dead on, this guy is a huckster. The press should not report news, he uses the press to find new investors to bilk and scam.

As ozhers noted he is a convicted fraudster (solar projects, before he turned to cars).

OK. He has a PHD in physics, is a musician, a ladies man and invented a revolutionary car?

I think I´ve found an old promo video for this guy!

and also a lame music video…




It’s probably going cost in the $150K and most likely above.

500 liters of “fuel”, LOL!

A heavy truck would have been a more suitable concept car for this technology.

It is just matter of trade-offs, one megahorsepower ICE AWD drivetrain is not significantly bulkier than 500 liter canister of liquid. The question is do you rather want carry around 500 liters of calm liquid electrolyte or 500 kg moving and wearing metal parts that generates some 90 decibels noise, because combusion engine is not actually driven by combustion but rather rapid fire explosions.

Has anyone actually seen one of these cars move a single meter on their own yet? They keep making wilder and wilder claims but for some reason they never seem to materialize

I don’t doubt you could drive the car down the road. What I doubt is that it’s actually powered by flow batteries.

It’s amazing how many decades — literally decades, not just years — a scam artist can continue to bilk people of money when the claimed new tech stays in the R&D stage, and they never actually start selling it. I guess it is very difficult to prosecute anyone for fraud if they’re not actually claiming to sell something. (Other examples: BlackLight Power, the E-Cat.)

There are rumors that in April there will come new competitor for Quant F and Rimac Concept 1. The first one megawatt electric hypercar will make their entrance at Monaco car show.

Filling tanks with liquid fuel? No, I don’t think so. Not going to happen.

We’re talking about vehicles that have yet to be seen by anyone outside the company itself, and the claims re range & performance are eyebrow-raising to be polite. I therefore think that I sideEVs should be very careful and avoid direct sentences like
“The four-seater e-sports saloon QUANT F will get roughly 30% more range than the previous E version – up to 800 km / 500 miles using 500 liters of ionic fluids – 250 with a positive charge and 250 with a negative charge.”
They should eb prefaced by “the company claims that”