NanoFLOWCELL AG has presented their QUANT e-Sportlimousine at the Geneva Motor Show. As the name suggests, the futuristic limo is electrically powered, although not in the conventional way. Instead of standard lithium-ion batteries that most electric cars use, the QUANT uses flow cells.
“Flow cells combine aspects of electrochemical accumulator cells with those of fuel cells. Liquid electrolytes are kept in two tanks and circulated through the cell. At the heart of the system, a membrane separates the two electrolytic solutions, but allows electrical charge to pass through and thereby produce power for the drive train,” explains nanoFLOWCELL AG.
“The nanoFLOWCELL has a 5 times greater performance-by-weight than current lithium-ion technologies that power most of today’s electrical vehicles, meaning its driving range is 5 times greater than a conventional unit of the same weight.”
The QUANT has a range of up to 600km (373 miles) on a single charge.
The high-tech drivetrain is wrapped in an aerodynamic body with a sloping windscreen, shallow glass house capped by a double bubble roof and a coupé-like profile. To highlight its electric theme, copper accents are used on some parts of the body work.
Entry into the cabin is via a set of gullwing doors. The wrapped-around interior is draped in premium leather upholstery, ash wood trim and more copper accents. There’s also a full-length centre console and a huge display screen measuring 1.25 metre wide and 16cm tall. At night, the entire cabin is lit up with circuit board-like mood lighting.