Next month in Geneva nanoFlowcell will be highlighting the QUANTiNO, a type of fuel cell electric car with over 620-miles range and touted to be on the road this year.
“The QUANTiNO is an electric vehicle for everyone. Affordable and featuring an extravagant, unique design. It is not just a concept vehicle – it will become reality in the course of this year,” said Nunzio La Vecchia, chief technical officer at nanoFlowcell AG. “We will be driving the QUANTiNO in 2015. And we aim to attain approval for road use very quickly.”
Like the company’s larger, 1,075 horsepower and pricey QUANT F, the smaller pre-production QUANTiNO fuel cell vehicle uses a different salt-water-based propulsion technology than all other FCVs.
It touts 136 horsepower, over 120 mph (over 200 km) top speed along with its more-than-620-mile (1,000 km) range, plus you get all those look-at me aesthetics from the swoopy 12.8-foot long 2+2 with 22 inch wheels.
Instead of a fuel cell propulsion system that uses hydrogen and inhaled oxygen like a Toyota, Honda or Hyundai FCV, the QUANTiNO has two tanks of dissimilar saline-based aqueous solution. These non-flammable fluids held in two 46-gallon (175-liter tanks combine in the nanoFlowcell system to create electrical energy. Refueling is similar to conventional practice except both fluids are refilled simultaneously.
“With the QUANTiNO we present the smaller brother of the QUANT E and the QUANT F in Geneva. An innovative electric vehicle with mass appeal. Sporty, dynamic, and above all with a low-voltage drive system,” said La Vecchia. “With a rated voltage of only 48 V we achieve four times 25 kW, corresponding to around 136 hp, through a combination of nanoFlowcell®, buffer system and electric motors.”
The company says 48-volt EV systems are more common on golf carts, e-scooters and light-duty mtor vehicles with low output and for urban or limited use.
Putting it into a sports car is thus unusual, it says, but imparts benefits.
“Low-voltage systems offer various advantages over high-voltage systems, such as are used in electric vehicles today,” said La Vecchia. “While high-voltage electric vehicles require complete contact and flashover protection, this is not needed for low-voltage vehicles. In accordance with ECE-R 100, no additional measures to prevent accidental contact are necessary for low-voltage systems. This also gives rise to much faster homologation of low-voltage vehicles, as functional safety is more simple to realize.”
The low-voltage system, said La Vecchia, is an “ideal match” for the nanoFlowcell system, and it lets the engineers take advantage of range potential of the company’s other “electric vehicles” (plural), though the QUANT F is the only other vehicle revealed at this point.
The company declined to reveal pricing and considering the royal price tag expected for the larger QUANT F, it’s unknown how it would define affordability.
Launch date is also unknown but La Vecchia said they’ll be driving it in 2015 – be that in production or prototype form is unclear.
The company does however appear intent on making the QUANTiNO far more than a science project, and so we’ll see more soon. The 2015 Geneva International Motor Show press days begin March 3.
More info on the company and its efforts can be found at its website.