First unveiled as a concept at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show, the all electric Quantino with nanoFlowcell drive is now licensed for road use in Europe and could hit the European market as early as next year. This is the world’s first low-voltage (48 Volts) electric vehicle with an official permission to drive on European roads.
Electric car maker NanoFlowcell will be displaying production-ready Quantino model at the upcoming 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March. Quantino has grabbed worldwide attention because it is equipped with an innovative nanoFlowcell technology, which enables it to cover more than 1000 kilometres (621 miles) on a single tank. The prototypes are currently undergoing pre-production tests and the firm is considering all options to make it to the production as early as possible.
The Quantino is driven by four electric motors – one on each wheel and uses two types of liquid electrolytes (one positively charged and one negatively charged) to generate electric current. The ionic liquids are stored in a separate tank of 175 litres capacity each and allowed to flow through specially designed nanoFlowcell drive unit. The flow cell is divided into two halves by a membrane, with positively charged fluid flowing through one side and negatively charged fluid flowing through the other side. This membrane allows ionic exchange between electrolyte fluids and generates an electric current to charge the batteries. The ionic fluid electrolyte evaporates in this process, leaving the storage tanks empty and ready for refuelling. Quantino can be refilled with electrolyte fluids at a pump using a hose and a refuelling nozzle, similar to that for a petrol or diesel vehicles.
The Quantino runs with absolutely no emission and the ionic fluid, which it uses is completely harmless to the environment and to the health. The car measures 3.91 meters and has a wheelbase of 3.2 meters, making it perfect 2+2 seater. It weighs 1420 kg and uses a low voltage system of just 48 Volts, which delivers enough electric energy to power four 25KW, 134hp electric motors. The combined power output of this low volt system is rated at mind-blowing 109hp, which allows this car to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 kmph) in less than 5 seconds and a top speed of 125 mph (200 kmph).
The 2016 Quantino Technical Specifications:
Wheelbase – 3198mm
Length – 3910mm
Width – 1930mm
Height – 1335mm
Weight – 1420kg
Drive Train: All wheel Drive via four three phase induction motors.
Peak Power: 4 x 25KW (134hp)
NanoFlowcell Unit: 48 to 52V
Tank Capacity: 2 x 175 litres
Wheel and Tires:
Front and Rear – 235/30 R22 (rolling resistance optimized)
NanoFlowcell claims that the Quantino will be an “affordable” EV for everyone and is expected to cost around $30,000 – $40,000 on road.