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nanoFlowcell to unveil all-wheel drive prototype in Geneva

Posted: 12 Feb 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Geneva Motor Show? Quant F? car? flow cell?

nanoFlowcell will showcase the Quant F at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. The F model is the completely re-engineered successor to the E model, a sports sedan powered by a flow battery, a kind of hybrid from fuel cell and an electrochemical battery. With the F model, nanoFlowcell intends to test the limits of this technology.

The F model also comes with larger tanks for the electrolytetwo tanks of 250l each for the positive and negative electrolyte and 25 per cent more overall volume than the E model. The company highlights the benefits associated with this technology: Since the energy is stored in a liquid, all cavities in the car body can be used as tanks whereas in a normal hydrogen fuel cell or a lithium ion battery this is not possible. The electrolyte is non-flammable and not toxic, La Vecchia emphasised.

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Another innovation of the F model over its successor is the permanent all-wheel drive concept with four electric motors. To achieve high acceleration or at high speed, the vehicle switches automatically to a rear-axle drive; the front axle then disengages and idles for better stability.

With the F model, which still is a prototype, the Liechtenstein-based carmaker is seeking homologation for series production. According to the company, the exterior is already to 100 per cent compliant with the homologation requirements; the interior meets these requirements to per cent. Further development is required for the front display, the airbags and the crash tests. The latter will be performed in Germany and the United States.

"It makes me suffer to see that such a fine vehicle has to be crash tested," La Vecchia commented.

- Christoph Hammerschmidt
??EE Times Europe

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