Last year NanoFlowCell unveiled the world’s first saltwater-powered electric car – and now the automaker has revealed a redesigned version dubbed the Quant F. NanoFlowCell says the Quant F is a “completely re-engineered and re-designed” version of the original Quant E, and it plans to unveil the new vehicle at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.
On the outside, there’s little difference between the original Quant E and the new Quant F – the biggest changes are the red exterior color, bigger mirrors, updated wheels and restyled headlights. One highlight of the new headlights is that they have back-lit crystals that project a “Q” (for Quant) when they are turned on. If you liked the style of last year’s concept, you’ll be happy to hear that the large gull-wing doors are still there.
The biggest update to the Quant F is its electric drive system, which now features a two-speed automatic transmission that the Lichtenstein-based company developed in-house. The Quant F is powered by a fuel-cell system and four electric motors that get their energy from the electrochemical reaction created by combining two liquids with metallic salts that act as an electrolyte. NanoFlowCell says that the updated drive system now generates a total 1075 horsepower – a significant step up from the 912 horsepower Quant E.
“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 realizing what is technically feasible,” stated chief technical officer Nunzio La Vecchia. “For both technical and economic reasons, the rated voltage for normal operation of the Quant F will stand at approximately 400 V in the future. This enables efficient and economical driving and means correspondingly greater ranges accompanied by outstanding performance with zero harmful emissions.”
NanoFlowCell hasn’t announced production plans, but the company did state that the Quant F’s interior is 90 percent production ready and that it will soon put the vehicle through a series of crash tests in the U.S. and Germany.
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