- After completing his private studies in quantum mechanics and quantum physics, Nunzio La Vecchia begins his research and development work in the field of alternative energy technologies.
- He founds the research and development company JUNO Technology Products AG, which will be renamed nanoFlowcell AG in 2013. The company’s focus is on mobile sources of energy and technologies for a sustainable energy transition.
- NLV Holding AG is founded (to be renamed nanoFlowcell Management AG in 2016).
- The company files a patent for a new type of thin-film solar cell that is just a few micrometres thick.
- NLV Solar AG is founded (patent management).
- The company invests in state-of-the-art supercomputers from Silicon Graphics (Onyx 3800); all R&D processes are digitalized – from modelling and analysis to simulation.
- It also develops its own research software, laying the foundation for the development of n-AI.
- Digilab – a state-of-the-art virtual research centre – manages the company’s R&D work using digital modelling as well as VR simulation and visualisation techniques.
- The experiences and insights gained here will be instrumental in developing the n-AI algorithm in the light of increasing complexity and data volumes.
- La Vecchia carries out pioneering work on AI-based R&D software tools and methodologies for greater research efficiency and development productivity.
- The company establishes a unique AI-supported R&D organisation along the entire R&D value chain.
- The first technical outline is produced for an ecologically sustainable mobile energy storage solution for electric vehicles.
- The company announces that it intends to build an electric sports car, the first QUANT prototype. Innovative thin-film solar cells will supply the vehicle’s electrical consumers with power – such as the air conditioning system when the parked car heats up in the summer.
- Early concept work on integrating flow cell technology into an electric vehicle.
- The first QUANT prototype with thin-film solar technology is presented as a design study at the Geneva Motor Show.
- La Vecchia decides to channel the company’s research and development resources into forward-looking energy technologies. The flow cell becomes the centrepiece of NFC’s R&D work.
- La Vecchia achieves a breakthrough in his bi-ION electrolyte research: A new nanostructured molecular design of the bi-ION molecules enables a higher energy density than conventional electrolyte solutions in redox flow cells.
- bi-ION® is not rechargeable and thus differs fundamentally from conventional electrolyte solutions in redox flow cells, but is all the more powerful for it.
- Successful tests are conducted with a new flow cell energy system. The flow cell’s compact design and the high energy density of the electrolyte liquid make the new technology ideal for mobile use in electric vehicles.
- There are initial technical plans for the construction of a flow cell-powered electric vehicle.
- La Vecchia achieves a breakthrough in flow cell research: The small size and powerful performance of the new energy system make it the perfect energy source for modern electric vehicles; the innovative energy technology receives the brand name nanoFlowcell®.
- The company is renamed nanoFlowcell AG.
- Maiden drive of the QUANT E, the world’s first electric car powered by a nanoFlowcell® drive and the only truly eco-friendly super sports car.
- World premiere of the QUANT E at the Geneva International Motor Show.
- The QUANT E with nanoFlowcell® drive receives European road approval from the German Association for Technical Inspection (TÜV).
- NFC develops a 2-speed transmission for electric sports cars; first technical studies for QUANTiNO, an electric vehicle with a 48V low-voltage drive.
- Foundation of nanoFlowcell Research SA, based in Lugano, Switzerland.
- Foundation of nanoFlowcell Production GmbH based in Waldshut/Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
- The ongoing development of the QUANT E leads to a new generation of electric vehicles: QUANT F.
- The QUANT F demonstrates advanced electric mobility at the Geneva Motor Show, powered by the world’s first environmentally compatible electric drive with an impressive output of 1,090 hp.
- As a second world premiere, the company unveils its QUANTiNO show car, which is set to become the first nanoFlowcell®-powered electric car with a 48V low-voltage drive.
- The QUANTiNO receives European road approval from the German TÜV. In a first endurance test, the nanoFlowcell®-powered QUANTiNO drives 14 hours non-stop without refilling – a world record for an electric vehicle.
- The QUANT FE (with “E” standing for evolution) and QUANTiNO are presented at the Geneva Motor Show, calling for a change in the way we think about electric mobility. In contrast to the prevailing BEV concepts, the QUANT brand stands for electric mobility without compromising on environmental compatibility, range and performance or on safety and ease of use.
- The QUANT FE receives road approval. All three nanoFlowcell® test vehicles now have road approval and are released for small-scale production.
- First official media test drives confirm the superior performance of nanoFlowcell® technology as an energy source for electric vehicles. NFC engineers develop a technical means of making flow cells directly controllable. The expensive and heavy super capacitors previously used as an electrical buffer in the nanoFlowcell® drive are now superfluous.
- Direct flow cell control opens up new technical possibilities for powering electric vehicles. It is the kick-off for the QUANT 48VOLT concept: State-of-the-art flow cell technology serves as the basis for the unique nanoFlowcell® 48VOLT low-voltage electric drive.
- The QUANT 48VOLT celebrates its premiere as the world’s first low-voltage electric sports car. At its heart is the all-new nanoFlowcell® 48VOLT low-voltage electric drive – the most powerful, eco-friendly and economical drive system for electric vehicles to date, as well as the lightest and safest.
- NFC announces that it is looking for a location to house its new research and development centre QUANT City; several European locations will be evaluated in the period between 2018 and 2020.
- The QUANTiNO 48VOLT successfully covers more than 150,000 kilometres; NFC proves the durability of the nanoFlowcell® 48VOLT low-voltage electric drive.
- NFC wins a contract for the production of 500 QUANT 48VOLT and 25,000 QUANTiNO 48VOLT vehicles with a total order value of €3.1 billion. The order provides investment security for the construction of the new QUANT City research and development centre.
- In the lead-up to Top Marques Monaco 2019, NFC announces that it has successfully completed its long-term testing of the QUANTiNO 48VOLT – 350,000 kilometres covered on pure electric power under real road conditions. NFC thus proves the durability of its nanoFlowcell® technology and guarantees a service life of 50,000 operating hours for it (equivalent to driving around 1.8 million kilometres in a car).
- The QUANTiNO covers a distance of 500,000 kilometres, the equivalent of driving 12.5 times around the earth. The nanoFlowcell® 48VOLT low-voltage electric drive shows no signs of weakness, impressing with its unfailing reliability.
- As part of an international research consortium, NFC takes over project management for the robotics project “humaN48”; the company contributes its expertise and own resources in the areas of energy technology and artificial intelligence (n-AI).
- NFC’s Executive Board initiates an independent due diligence process and decides to securitise the company’s assets in preparation for its initial public offering; ISIN numbers are allocated.
- nanoFlowcell Holdings changes its legal form to that of a public limited company under British law, thus becoming nanoFlowcell Holdings plc.
- The company celebrates its R&D anniversary: 25 years of excellence in innovation research and development.
- NFC announces the first electric vehicle without batteries – the on-board electronics in the new QUANT 48VOLT are to be powered by an integrated electrolytic capacitor.