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Nanoflowcell gives alternative energy some sexy flow with Quant F and Quantino

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Nanoflowcell claims a peak output of 1,075 hp and a 0-62 mph of 2.8 seconds for its Quant F (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
Nanoflowcell claims a peak output of 1,075 hp and a 0-62 mph of 2.8 seconds for its Quant F (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
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Like the original Quant E, the Quant F features large gullwing doors (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
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Like the original Quant E, the Quant F features large gullwing doors (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
Nanoflowcell reveals the new Quant F at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
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Nanoflowcell reveals the new Quant F at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
The Quant F uses 250-liter tanks of positively and negatively charged ionic fluids in its flow cell design (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
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The Quant F uses 250-liter tanks of positively and negatively charged ionic fluids in its flow cell design (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
Nanoflowcell claims a peak output of 1,075 hp and a 0-62 mph of 2.8 seconds for its Quant F (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
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Nanoflowcell claims a peak output of 1,075 hp and a 0-62 mph of 2.8 seconds for its Quant F (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
Nanoflowcell's 186-mph (300-km/h) top speed estimate isn't quite as ambitious as the 236-mph (380-km/h) it was estimating for last year's Quant E (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
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Nanoflowcell's 186-mph (300-km/h) top speed estimate isn't quite as ambitious as the 236-mph (380-km/h) it was estimating for last year's Quant E (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
The Quant F features a new two-stage active rear spoiler (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
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The Quant F features a new two-stage active rear spoiler (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
The Nanoflowcell Quantino, "an electric vehicle for the public at large"
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The Nanoflowcell Quantino, "an electric vehicle for the public at large"
Nanoflowcell claims a top Quantino speed of 124 mph (200 km/h) (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
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Nanoflowcell claims a top Quantino speed of 124 mph (200 km/h) (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
The key to the Quantino's efficiency is its low voltage energy system (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
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The key to the Quantino's efficiency is its low voltage energy system (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
At 3.91 m (154 in), the Quantino is significantly smaller than the Quant F or E (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
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At 3.91 m (154 in), the Quantino is significantly smaller than the Quant F or E (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
The Quantino shows how Nanoflowcell imagines an everyday flow cell vehicle (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
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The Quantino shows how Nanoflowcell imagines an everyday flow cell vehicle (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
The Quantino may be much more compact than the Quant F, but it rides on the same-size 22-in wheels (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
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The Quantino may be much more compact than the Quant F, but it rides on the same-size 22-in wheels (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
Nanoflowcell didn't open up the doors of the Quantino, so we'll have to imagine what its interior looks like (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
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Nanoflowcell didn't open up the doors of the Quantino, so we'll have to imagine what its interior looks like (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
The Quantino isn't quite ready for testing, but Nanoflowcell plans to have a test car on the street later this year (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
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The Quantino isn't quite ready for testing, but Nanoflowcell plans to have a test car on the street later this year (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
With an estimated zero emissions range of up to 620 miles (1,000 km), the Quantino is a promising concept car (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
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With an estimated zero emissions range of up to 620 miles (1,000 km), the Quantino is a promising concept car (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
The Quantino features a smaller 350-liter flow battery configuration (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
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The Quantino features a smaller 350-liter flow battery configuration (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
Unlike the average supercar, the Quant F is purportedly quite clean, offering up to 500 miles (800 km) of zero emissions driving per fill-up (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
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Unlike the average supercar, the Quant F is purportedly quite clean, offering up to 500 miles (800 km) of zero emissions driving per fill-up (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
The Nanoflowcell Quant F debuts at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
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The Nanoflowcell Quant F debuts at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
A new feature of the Quant F is a disengaging front axle that allows it to drive in either AWD or RWD mode (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
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A new feature of the Quant F is a disengaging front axle that allows it to drive in either AWD or RWD mode (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
The Nanoflowcell Quant F is a 5.25-m 2+2 (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
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The Nanoflowcell Quant F is a 5.25-m 2+2 (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
Nanoflowcell also has the original Quant E on display (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
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Nanoflowcell also has the original Quant E on display (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
Inside the Quant F
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Inside the Quant F
The Quant F in Geneva (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
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The Quant F in Geneva (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
Nanoflowcell chief Nunzio La Vecchia introduces the Quantino
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Nanoflowcell chief Nunzio La Vecchia introduces the Quantino
The Quant F adds a little visual flair to its corner of the 2015 Geneva Motor Show
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The Quant F adds a little visual flair to its corner of the 2015 Geneva Motor Show
Nunzio La Vecchia poses with the Quant F in Geneva
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Nunzio La Vecchia poses with the Quant F in Geneva

Building upon the groundwork it laid at last year's Geneva Motor Show, Liechtenstein's Nanoflowcell used this year's show to highlight two very different ways that its flow battery technology can be put to use. The Quant F is a full-blown hypercar, using its fluidic battery to send more than 1,000 horses marching out onto the track. The Quantino, meanwhile, uses Nanoflowcell technology for more humble purposes: up to 620 miles (1,000 km) of zero emissions commuting.

Nanoflowcell detailed both the Quantino hatchback and Quant F sports car several weeks before last week's Geneva Motor Show press conference. But the press conference marked the first time that we got to see the brand-new concept cars outside of company renderings. As we've said in the past, Nanoflowcell's technology may never amount to anything, but the outfit's concept cars will certainly be remembered, as will chief Nunzio La Vecchia's perfect hair and three-piece suits – this year, he dropped the understated black in favor of Joker-style purple. Quite a look.

Nunzio La Vecchia poses with the Quant F in Geneva
Nunzio La Vecchia poses with the Quant F in Geneva

"The performance figures and ranges that we are currently attaining without any harmful emissions with our Nanoflowcell technology in all-electric mode in test drives on the race track and on public roads provide us with a highly positive outlook," La Vecchia says. "Nanoflowcell AG is on the right track. In future, any professional examination of the available alternatives for electric mobility will have to include flow cell technology. Performance, range, zero harmful emissions and a simple refueling process for the ionic liquid without any time-consuming charging – the Nanoflowcell offers a host of advantages as a new drive technology."

Given that it detailed the Quant F and Quantino last month, we really didn't learn anything new about the cars in Geneva. To recap, the Quant F is a more powerful, performance-packed evolution of last year's Quant E, Nanoflowcell's debut concept car. With four motors powered by a flow battery with 500 liters (132 US gal) of ionic fluids sloshing around, the car has a peak output of 1,075 hp (802 kW), a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) acceleration as low as 2.8 seconds, a top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h), and a range up to 500 miles (800 km) – on paper, at least.

A new feature of the Quant F is a disengaging front axle that allows it to drive in either AWD or RWD mode (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
A new feature of the Quant F is a disengaging front axle that allows it to drive in either AWD or RWD mode (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)

The Quant F gets some modest mechanical and styling revision when compared to the Quant E, which is also on display at Nanoflowcell's Geneva booth. Most interestingly, it features a disengage-able front axle, allowing for both 4WD and RWD driving. It also features a new set of Q-shaped headlamps, an active rear spoiler and a new wheel design. The interior appears largely untouched, save for some new colors.

The Quantino is Nanoflowcell's first foray into what would seem like its true destiny: a clean, efficient commuter car built for the masses (or perhaps a wealthy subset of the masses). It uses a smaller, low-voltage version of Nanoflowcell's flow power system, providing up to 136 hp (101 kW) and a seemingly too-good-to-be-true range of 620 miles (1,000 km).

At 3.91 m (154 in), the Quantino is significantly smaller than the Quant F or E (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)
At 3.91 m (154 in), the Quantino is significantly smaller than the Quant F or E (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag.com)

Nanoflowcell has also started talking more about other applications and future plans, saying that it's currently working on potential partnerships and considering an initial public offering (IPO).

"We have extended our research and development activities into other fields and industry sectors," says La Vecchia. "The flow cell technology is also of interest for sectors like aerospace, railways and shipping, road haulage, and housing construction and building services. Initial talks exploring opportunities for cooperative ventures with leading international companies in these sectors are already under way."

You can find out the full scoop on the Quant F and Quantino in our original coverage linked above and see the cars for yourself in our full Geneva gallery.

Source: Nanoflowcell

2 comments
The Skud
500 litre tank, I hope there are plenty of anti-slosh baffles!
Joe Acerbic
http://www.thelocal.ch/20131015/solar-cell-con-man-ordered-to-repay-heirs