The new Quant F is enormously powerful, environment-friendly and unique. It will have its world premiere at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show in March. The four-seat 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.
According to Chief Technical Officer Nunzio La Vecchia, the new Quant F has been completely re-engineered and re-designed. “With its new two-speed automatic transmission, we have developed a new drive system, the likes of which has not existed to date. This transmission was developed in-house specifically for impressive Quant performance with nanoFlowcell.”
A top speed of over 300 kmph in all-electric mode with nanoFlowcell drive technology and zero harmful emissions round off the exceptional performance attributes of the new Quant F. “It’s a complete re-design of its predecessor and stands apart not only in terms of appearance with its red colour but also as a result of the integration of newly developed technical components. We have achieved a further improvement in performance figures with the nanoFlowcell. With the Quant F we are currently able to attain peak output of 1,090 PS 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,” La Vecchia explained.
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,” observed 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,” La Vecchia added. With a total tank capacity of 500 litres (250 litres in two tanks accommodated separately in the Quant’s substructure) and in the space of only nine months, we have achieved an increase in range of over 30% in comparison to the Quant E.