QUANT e-Sportlimousine Approved for Use on Public Roads

JUL 25 2014 BY MARK KANE 7

The QUANT e-Sportlimousine with nanoFLOWCELL® drivetrain concept has been officially approved by TÜV Süd in Munich for use on public roads in Germany and Europe after in-depth inspection. Nunzio La Vecchia, chief technical officer at nanoFLOWCELL AG, and Prof. Jens-Peter Ellermann, chairman of the board of directors at nanoFLOWCELL AG, were handed the official registration plate with number ROD-Q-2014.

The QUANT e-Sportlimousine

nanoFLOWCELL, after introducing the QUANT e-Sportlimousine in Geneva a few months ago, made another step by getting approval for use on public roads in Germany and the rest of Europe. This is the first ever  car with flow cells to be allowed to drive on public roads.

“The QUANT e-Sportlimousine with nanoFLOWCELL® drivetrain concept has been approved by TÜV Süd in Munich for use on public roads. Nunzio La Vecchia, chief technical officer at nanoFLOWCELL AG, was handed the official registration plate with number ROD-Q-2014. After an in-depth inspection by TÜV Süd, this means that the vehicle with its nanoFLOWCELL® has now been officially approved for use on public roads in Germany and Europe as a whole.”

New readers we recall that flow cells are batteries, but besides the standard option of charging and discharging, it has two separate electrolytes, which could be pumped out and fresh electrolyte (charged) pumped in (yes we know that this leads to another standard and infrastructure network).

The first QUANT e-Sportlimousine demonstrator will soon hit the streets. nanoFLOWCELL is working hard on homologation for series production.

According to the press release, after its world premiere in Geneva, nanoFLOWCELL got strong feedback from the automotive industry and now optimistically looks into the future.

QUANT e-Sportlimosine

QUANT e-Sportlimosine

Commercialization of cars featuring flow cells, with range of more than 600 km and awesome levels of performance (top speed of over 350 km/h, acceleration from 0-100 in 2.8 seconds and a torque of four times 2,900 Nm) would be a small earthquake in alternative fuel industry.

Nunzio La Vecchia, chief technical officer at nanoFLOWCELL AG remarked:

“This is a historic moment and a milestone not only for our company but perhaps even for the electro-mobility of the future. For the first time an automobile featuring flow-cell electric drive technology will appear on Germany’s roads. Today we have put the product of 14 years’ hard development work on the road. This is a moment for us to celebrate. We are extremely proud that as a small company we have developed such visionary technology as the nanoFLOWCELL® and are now also able to put it into practice. But this is only the beginning of our journey of discovery,”

“At the car’s world premiere in Geneva, a large number of investors and automobile manufacturers showed tremendous interest in the new QUANT e-Sportlimousine and the nanoFLOWCELL® drivetrain concept, together with its wide range of possible applications. Now that the automobile has been approved for use on public roads in Germany and the rest of Europe we can enter into detailed planning with our partners, adding an exciting new chapter to the future of electro-mobility,”

“The attention received by the nanoFLOWCELL® and the positive response to it has encouraged us to think about investment possibilities in the project, right up to a possible initial public offering. This would enable us to drive forward the wide range of possible applications and potential of the nanoFLOWCELL® on an international scale. Initial planning and discussions are already taking place,”

“Here in Munich in particular, where other prestigious automobile manufacturers are advertising their electric vehicle with the slogan ‘ERSTER EINER NEUEN ZEIT’ (‘FIRST IN A NEW AGE’) or ‘THE MOST PROGRESSIVE SPORTS CAR’, we are delighted as pioneers to be able to present an automobile driven by flow cell technology on public roads, and one which achieves not only fantastic performance values but also zero emissions. With a projected top speed of over 350 km/h, acceleration from 0-100 in 2.8 seconds, a torque of four times 2,900 NM, a length of over 5.25 m and a range of more than 600 km, the four-seater QUANT e-Sportlimousine is not only a highly competitive sports car but also ‘SEINER ZEIT VORAUS – UND ZWAR SCHON HEUTE’ (‘WELL AHEAD OF ITS TIME – IN FACT TODAY’),”

QUANT e-Sportlimosine

QUANT e-Sportlimosine

Prof. Jens-Peter Ellermann, chairman of the board of directors at nanoFLOWCELL AG stated:

“Approval of the QUANT e-Sportlimousine with the nanoFLOWCELL® drivetrain concept is a vital step forward for nanoFLOWCELL AG. What began as the vision of Nunzio La Vecchia has now become reality. The fact that only four months after the car’s world premiere in Geneva we have received approval for the use of the QUANT e-Sportlimousine with nanoFLOWCELL® drivetrain concept on the road in Germany and the rest of Europe indicates the dynamism with which our entire team is working on this project. We are very much looking forward to the next stages of this exciting and promising journey. We’ve got major plans, and not just within the automobile industry. The potential of the nanoFLOWCELL® is much greater, especially in terms of domestic energy supplies as well as in maritime, rail and aviation technology. The nanoFLOWCELL® offers a wide range of applications as a sustainable, low cost and environmentally-friendly source of energy.”

The QUANT e-Sportlimousine with nanoFLOWCELL® drivetrain concept has been officially approved by TÜV Süd in Munich for use on public roads in Germany and Europe after in-depth inspection. Nunzio La Vecchia, chief technical officer at nanoFLOWCELL AG, and Prof. Jens-Peter Ellermann, chairman of the board of directors at nanoFLOWCELL AG, were handed the official registration plate with number ROD-Q-2014.

The QUANT e-Sportlimousine

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7 Comments on "QUANT e-Sportlimousine Approved for Use on Public Roads"

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Miggy

WOW, What a great looking car and the numbers stack up to something out of this world. Not so sure about the “Sportlimousine” name.

Cosmacelf

And where do you refuel?

TomArt

Well, like many alternative means, it may prove useful in at least one, and probably more, significant areas of transportation.

However, I agree with the refueling sentiment insofar as nothing is more universal and abundant than electricity, at least in the developed world.

DaveMart

If you look at what is said above, apparently you can plug it in as an alternative to changing the electrolyte.

Mikael

Where did you find anything about plugging it in?

Mikael

I would love to know more about this. Some in depth articles about the car and the technology would be fascinating to read.

I want to know about the materials used, about the cost, build and durability of the membrans. About eventual replacements of the membrans.

I want to know about the fueling station, how it would work, what’s needed, practical price today on refueling and potential price in the future, energy used for every kWh gained in the car.

And much more…

DaveMart
A bit more here: ‘The beating heart of the new Quant is its Nanoflowcell power storage, a very specific formulation of flow battery. Flow battery power for vehicle use is being researched elsewhere, as well, but the Quant becomes what Nanoflowcell qualifies as the first actual vehicle powered by it. Nanoflowcell explains that its technology boasts five to six times the storage capacity of other flow cell designs or lithium-ion batteries, making it primed for vehicular use. It credits that superior energy density to “an extremely high concentration of ionic charge carriers in the cell system’s electrolyte” and translates it into a 249- to 373-mile (400- to 600-km) driving range estimate. Understandably, Nanoflowcell isn’t divulging the full recipe for its flow battery or electrolytes. In its introductory video, it describes the solutions simply as salt water. La Vecchia confirmed that the full truth is a bit more complex, as the electrolytes contain a mix of metal salts and other ingredients. The high- and low-charge solutions are stored in separate 200-liter tanks in the rear of the Quant, being pumped forward through a central cell, separated from each other by a thin membrane. This creates electricity, which flows into two supercapacitors,… Read more »