Technology 148 days ago

Where is automotive progress?

Many automakers stayed away from this year’s Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS). Costs too high, too few innovation platforms, a show concept behind the times on the international stage. Real innovations are difficult to spot. Is it Goodyear’s tire for flying cars? After all, PAL-V is presenting its flying car just across the exhibition hall. 

Goodyear Aero tyre for flying cars and the first flying car from PAL-V.

Where are the big ideas that demonstrate the auto industry’s environmentally and socially relevant progress? Or in plain text, the real innovations, the technologies that will transform mobility and rescue the global climate?

100 Years apart: 640 PS and 325 km/h Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder and 39PS 40km/h Lamborghini Centenario.

Now, you could argue that progress and the scale of its development varies depending on individual perspective. As a research and development company that has produced several innovative technologies within the automotive sector over the last few years, nanoFlowcell Holdings has set the bar for automotive progress extremely high.

QUANT – the world’s first electric sports car to use flowcell energy to power its four electric motors. nanoFlowcell® drive accelerates the gran turismo from zero to 100 km/h in 2.4 seconds and onward to a top speed of 300 km/h.
> QUANT 48VOLT

QUANTINO – the world’s first electric sports coupé with a variably controlled flowcell sets the bar for modern electric mobility when it comes to comfort and convenience with a range of 1,000 km in 8:21 hours. Furthermore, QUANTiNO holds the range record for road-legal electric vehicles with an overall range of 1,401 kilometres.
> QUANTINO 48VOLT

QUANT 48VOLT and QUANTiNO 48VOLT – electric sports car feeling without guilty conscience. Powered by nanoFlowcell®, the only truly sustainable energy for e-mobility.

The QUANTiNO 48VOLT research vehicle now reconfirms the company’s successful efforts to create electric mobility that is clean, ecological and economically sustainable.

nanoFlowcell Holdings decided this year that the QUANT 48VOLT and QUANTiNO 48VOLT would not participate in the Geneva Motor Show. There is no doubt that the QUANT 48VOLT would be the top dog among the pack of super sports cars on show – exotica of the exotica, just different. However, there can also be no doubt that the show hype surrounding displacement and horsepower would distract from the qualities of a low-voltage electric vehicle such as the QUANTiNO 48VOLT running on flowcell energy. The mere vehicle description is an expression of three technical innovations that are globally unique, but not outwardly flaunted by the vehicle: (1) flowcell energy sufficient for ranges upwards of 1,000 kilometres, (2) a 48-volt low-voltage electric drive that not only offers safety-relevant benefits but also saves production and maintenance costs on account of its componentry and (3) the dynamic performance of a mid-range sports car on a level currently only available in the upper premium segment.

nanoFlowcell Holdings is a research and development company specialising in flowcell technology and, as such, focuses it attention primarily on issues that don’t concern upholstery options, available paint colours or engine tuning.

Rather than schmoozing on the show floor in Geneva, it was therefore more important for nanoFlowcell engineers to take advantage of February’s first ice-free roads to complete the durability test cycle with the QUANTiNO 48VOLT begun the previous year.

„Car of the Year 2019” – Jaguar iPace. A brand goes from “racing green” to “thinking green”.

While an automotive media jury chose a premium EV as “Car of the Year”, the QUANTiNO 48VOLT completed its 350,000th kilometre. The “Car of the Year 2019” is certainly a highlight in the premium sector and the manufacturer deserves recognition for its courage to embrace the electrification of mobility. However,  current battery technology remains a major disadvantage for EVs.  According to the manufacturer of Europe’s “Car of the Year”, it still takes 12.9 hours to charge the car’s 90kW lithium-ion battery. If filling up the QUANTiNO 48VOLT took as long as charging the battery on the “2019 Car of the Year”, refuelling stops would have extended the duration of durability testing by 188 days (!). Instead of spending more than half a year connected to a battery charging station, the QUANTiNO 48VOLT is back on the road in no time. Thankfully, it takes just five minutes to refuel this electric vehicle. 

VW Group’s E-progress sandwiched between eyecatcher: Q4 e-tron Concept between Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder (pricetag: a bit above 200,000 Euro) and Bugatti La Voiture Noire (sold for 11 million Euro).

The total lifespan of the nanoFlowcell® system is at least 50,000 operating hours – a figure guaranteed by the company. The 200,000 kilometres on the road and the 150,000 kilometres on the test bed have ramped up a total so far of 10,000 operating hours for the QUANTiNO 48VOLT – with zero technical defects and no wear to the nanoFlowcell®. If it was an internal combustion engine, we would say it has “only just been run in”.

Yet again, the nanoFlowcell® 48VOLT low-voltage drive has proven itself as the most effective and efficient drive currently available on the market for electric vehicles – with absolutely no forfeit of either comfort or driving fun.

Prioritizing engineering resources: Mercedes-AMG-GT-R-Roadster and BMW-Alpina-B7-Bi-Turbo.

At the GIMS, super sports cars stir up the petrol-diluted blood of automotive enthusiasts, clouding awareness of the need for automotive ecological progress. But it should be clear to all that it takes more than just a rapid change in automotive awareness. The need here is for urgent action. It is about securing the future of individual mobility by one-and-for-all ensuring mobility is designed to be ecological and economical as well as socially compatible.

E-mobility concepts vary by market: VW’s Cargo e-Bike targeting China and Chinese Volvo targeting Europe with sub-brand Polestar.

Right now, nanoFlowcell Holdings is the only research and development company in Europe addressing modern flowcell technology within the electric vehicle sector. While R&D facilities committed to the automotive industry focus their attention on lithium-ion or hydrogen technology – both of which are plagued by major disadvantages – the USA is taking the lead in research into modern flowcells and developing flowcell concepts for use in mobile applications.

See here for links to information on research being conducted by Purdue University, the current status of their flowcell research and the R&D approach of the Illinois Institute of Technology.


nanoFlowcell Holdings is demonstrating its pioneering role in application research and development with its two prototype vehicles, the QUANT 48 VOLT and QUANTiNO 48VOLT. Not only are these the first electric vehicles anywhere in the world powered by energy from a compact flowcell, they are also the only road-legal electric vehicles in the world with 48-volt low-voltage electric drive. The combination of performance paired with inherent safety and unrestricted environmental compatibility makes the nanoFlowcell® 48VOLT low-voltage flowcell drive unique in the world and virtually indispensable for modern electric vehicles.

QUANTiNO 48VOLT. 350,000 Kilometer on one nanoFlowcell® - and going …

How long will it be until a car with nanoFlowcell® 48VOLT low-voltage drive is voted “Car of the Year”? nanoFlowcell Holdings is currently working on series production of the cell membrane and on mass production of the bi-ION electrolyte. Both are prerequisites for the series production of nanoFlowcell® applications and commercial proliferation of the technology within the market. The company will issue updates on these during the course of this year.

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