QUANTiNO: 12.5 times around the world
The design language of the QUANTiNO is a statement of progressive thinking. Without doubt, the sports coupe attracts attention on its test drives. But it is not the aesthetic refinements in its design that make the QUANTiNO shine and an inspiration for modern e-mobility, but its hidden qualities: The unique nanoFlowcell® 48VOLT electric drive.
The QUANTiNO’s electric motor, which operates in the low-voltage range up to 48 volts, has an output of 80 kW and accelerates the 700 kg coupe from standstill to 100 km/h in less than 5 seconds. The pure electric powertrain provides the QUANTiNO with a (electronically limited) top speed of 200 km/h.
Unlike conventional battery-powered electric cars, the QUANTiNO can maintain a steady high cruising speed without the electric drive system overheating – one of many qualities a nanoFlowcell® flow cell has to offer. The only limiting factor to range and speed is the capacity of the electrolyte tanks.
The most important difference to a conventional battery-powered electric car is that the QUANTiNO’s nanoFlowcell® flow cell is not charged with electricity, but is refuelled with bi-ION electrolytes. Refuelling a QUANTiNO is similar to that of a conventional car with combustion engine – and also takes about the same time (4-5 minutes). Unlike fossil fuels, the bi-ION® electrolyte fluid is non-flammable, non-explosive and, moreover, not harmful to health or the environment. QUANTiNO could be an idea of the Fridays-for-Future movement: sustainable use of resources, environmentally compatible and free of harmful emissions.
In the past 56 months, the QUANTiNO has covered more than 500,000 kilometers, equal to 12.5 round-the-world trips, all electric and as silent as a whisper. During the test period, the average consumption was around 16 liters of bi-ION® electrolyte fluid per 100 kilometers, which is equivalent to 10kWh. With its tank volume of 2 x 95 liters (one tank each for the positively and negatively charged bi-ION® electrolyte fluid), the 2+2 Coupe has a range of around 1,140 kilometers.
“We have decided to do the majority of the test drives on real roads and not on test benches. This means that the 500,000 kilometers covered not only put a strain on the QUANTiNO, but also on the test drivers. However, we had to do this in order to obtain absolute and true results in technical terms and not just ‘close to real’ or ‘almost realistic’ results,” said Nunzio La Vecchia, CEO of nanoFlowcell Holdings and developer of the nanoFlowcell® flow cell. “For example, the average consumption we are communicating for QUANTiNO is higher than if we had measured according to WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure). This is because we are calculating the real energy consumption during the test drives, and not relying on test bench calculations”.
If you ask the test drivers what they miss about the QUANTiNO, the answer will probably be ‘cup holders’. In fact, there are no cup holders in the test vehicle. The reason for this is the instruction not to drink or eat in the vehicle in order to protect the test equipment in the car.
During the test phase, the QUANTiNO was subjected to heavy wear and tear and has been almost completely overhauled once. Fact is that the QUANTiNO is subject to wear and tear like any other car – and with a handmade prototype that is rather more frequent than less likely. Only the nanoFlowcell® unit is the same as at the beginning of the test phase. Apart from regular maintenance, only adjustments and software updates have been made to the intelligent energy management of the nanoFlowcell® flow cell to improve energy consumption efficiency.