Battery electric vehicles are hitting a “dead end” compared to the zero emission electric motor powered by NanoFlowcell technology, says an executive at the company.
Charging can take hours, but flow-cell batteries can be “refueled” in minutes at centralized filling stations. This argument is being made by Nunzio La Vecchia, chief technology officer of NanoFlowcell Holdings, and inventor of the NanoFlowcell technology for energy storage.
In a blog post, “Full Speed Ahead Up a Dead End,” on the NanoFlowcell website, La Vecchia makes the case that the current model of battery-electric vehicles and public and private charging stations is “close to collapse.” Consumers are resisting EVs because a comprehensive global network of public charging stations “supported by billions in grants (tax money)” doesn’t yet exist, La Vecchia writes.
NanoFlowcell’s alternative solution uses what it claims is a “shoebox-sized” flow cell and two tanks, with a total capacity of 150 liters (about 40 gallons) of positive and negative liquid electrolytes. The technology compares to an “incredibly heavy lithium-ion battery pack” weighing 700 kg (about 1,500 pounds), according to the blog post.
NanoFlowcell’s technology react inside the flow cell to produce electricity that powers electric motors to turn the wheels, just as in a battery-electric or hydrogen fuel-cell car.
It uses two tanks of dissimilar saline-based aqueous solution to create electrical energy. It would require a network of fueling stations, but the company suggests it could easily be retrofitted to existing gas and diesel stations, especially since the bismuth-ion electrolytes are not combustible.
Like hydrogen fuel fuel-cell vehicles, NanoFlowcell faces the steep challenge of winning over support for its new technology and supporting deployment of a fueling infrastructure across the country.
Last year in Geneva, the company displayed its QUANTiNO concept car, a type of fuel cell electric car with over 620-miles range and touted to be on the road. 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.
“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,” La Vecchia said last year about the prototype car.