A new flow cell battery-powered sports car has been cleared for use on public roads in Germany.
The QUANT e-Sportlimousine was approved by vehicle testing company SGS-TÜV Saar and Nunzio La Vecchia, chief technical officer of the vehicle’s maker nanoFLOWCELL, was handed an official registration plate with number ROD-Q-2014.
The zero emissions four-seater has a projected top speed of over 350 km/h, acceleration from 0-100 in 2.8 seconds, a torque of four times 2,900NM, and a range of more than 600km, putting it in competition with Tesla’s luxury electric vehicle the Model S.
But rather than using a conventional lithium ion battery for energy storage, the car relies on a flow battery that uses a special formula of ionic charge-carrying salt water to power its all electric drivetrain.
“This is a historic moment and a milestone not only for our company but perhaps even for the electro-mobility of the future,” said La Vecchia. “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.”
The car was first unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year and the firm is now working on readying it for series production.
“What began as the vision of Nunzio La Vecchia has now become reality,” said chairman Professor Jens-Peter Ellermann. “We've got major plans, and not just within the automobile industry. The potential of the nanoFLOWCELL 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.”