The new QUANT F – environment-friendly dynamic performance with 1090 hp/801.69 kW.
The new 2015 QUANT F, 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.
“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 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.
“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,” explained 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.
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.
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.
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,” added Nunzio La Vecchia, Chief Technical Officer at nanoFlowcell AG.
At 2015 Geneva Motor Show nanoFlowcell AG will present also the first QUANT low- voltage vehicle as a concept vehicle.
“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. We will be driving the QUANTiNO in 2015. And we aim to attain approval for road use very quickly,” said Nunzio La Vecchia.