Teaser of the QUANT e-Sportlimousine
It is back; the Quant is back! The Quant is a Swedish supercar that came from manufacturer Koenigsegg after in partnered up with German firm NVL Solar AG, and it was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 2009. This is definitely not something you’d come across at any used cars Cincinnati dealers, but it is too exciting to not talk about! It was a styling young buck of a four-passenger sport sedan that utilized a brand new, proprietary propulsion system created by NLV that was called Flow Accumulator Energy Storage (FAES).
The process is intensely complex, but it was said to be good for 512 horsepower and 527 pound-feet of torque, with a 300-mile range and a charge time of 15-20 minutes. The company had originally wanted to have prototypes running in a year. Since we are talking about a teaser right now… you have probably realized that that just didn’t happen. Now, NLV returned for the 2010 Geneva Show, without Koenigsegg, with a Quant sedan powered by four 150-kilowatt electric motors, built upon a carbon fiber chassis and sporting a body covered with a thin solar film to make use of NLV’s solar expertise. They planned to have a production-certified car ready by 2012. Now… that ALSO didn’t happen, but the Quant is headed back to Geneva once again this year.
The Quant is returning to Geneva, that is for sure, but it is under a company known as nanoFLOWCell. It is not that out of whack though, as it is lead by the same Nunzio La Vecchia of NLV Solar. Nothing is being said about the car at the moment except that it will be longer that 17 feet, have four seats and be “the first car equipped with nanoFLOWCell drive. Now, we are assuming that uses flow-cell battery technology.
As far as we can tell (with a little internet help), the fundamental difference between the conventional batteries we know and flow cells is that energy is stored as the electrode material in conventional batteries but as the electrolyte in flow cells. Lost? Don’t worry. We threw in a video below on one particular kind of flow-cell battery (a vanadium redox type), that might help explain the general process. The benefits are its flexible layout and the fact that it is remarkably quick charging, but it is still quite new and clearly… very complex!
We hope you are as excited as we are about this new Quant, and be on the lookout for it in Geneva.