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The Quant e-Sportlimousine has been approved by TÜV Süd in Munich for use on public roads. Nunzio La Vecchia, chief technical officer at Liechtenstein-based R&D firm nanoFlowcell – the firm that developed the vehicle's flow cell drivetrain – was handed the official registration plate with number ROD-Q-2014.

The nanoFlowcell works like a combination of a battery and a fuel cell using liquid electrolyte, which is kept in two tanks and pumped through the cell. At the heart of the system is a membrane that separates two differing chemistries. A controlled exchange of charges releases energy for the electric powertrain, which is stored in a pair of supercapacitors, and used to drive the four in-wheel motors.

After an in-depth inspection by TÜV Süd, the vehicle has now been officially approved for use on public roads in Germany and Europe as a whole.


“This is a historic moment and a milestone not only for our company but perhaps even for the electro-mobility of the future. For the first time an automobile featuring flow-cell electric drive technology will appear on Germany's roads. Today we have put the product of 14 years’ hard development work on the road. This is a moment for us to celebrate. We are extremely proud that as a small company we have developed such visionary technology as the nanoFlowcell and are now also able to put it into practice. But this is only the beginning of our journey of discovery,” says Nunzio La Vecchia’s on this important step in the development of the company.

Currently the nanoFlowcell team and its partners are working at top speed on the homologation of the Quant e-Sportlimousine for series production.


“At the car’s world premiere in Geneva, a large number of investors and automobile manufacturers showed tremendous interest in the e-Sportlimousine and the nanoFlowcell drivetrain concept, together with its wide range of possible applications. Now that the automobile has been approved for use on public roads in Germany and Europe, we can enter into detailed planning with our partners, adding an exciting new chapter to the future of electro-mobility,” states La Vecchia. “The attention received by the nanoFlowcell and the positive response to it has encouraged us to think about investment possibilities in the project, right up to a possible initial public offering. This would enable us to drive forward the wide range of possible applications and potential of the nanoFlowcell on an international scale. Initial planning and discussions are already taking place.


“We are delighted to be able to present an automobile driven by flow cell technology on public roads,” La Vecchia continues. “One which achieves not only fantastic performance values but also zero emissions. With a projected top speed of over 350km/h, acceleration from 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds, a torque of four times 2,900Nm, a length of over 5.25 m and a range of more than 600km, the e-Sportlimousine is not only a highly competitive sports car but also well ahead of its time.”

“We've got major plans, and not just within the automobile industry,” says Jens-Peter Ellermann, chairman of the board of directors at nanoFlowcell. “The potential is much greater, especially in terms of domestic energy supplies as well as in maritime, rail and aviation technology. The nanoFlowcell offers a wide range of applications as a sustainable, low cost and environmentally-friendly source of energy.”

23 July 2014


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