The 2015 Geneva International Motor Show is happening next week, and many car enthusiasts are already excited to see what major automakers have in store at the Palexpo Exhibition and Congress Center. The auto show features more than the offerings of established manufacturers, so attendees will also be able to see vehicles from lesser-known companies. One of the companies that will be part of the Geneva auto show is nanoFLOWCELL. The startup debuted a electric sedan concept last year, and will be showing two concepts this time around.
The company nanoFLOWCELL is behind the advanced automotive technology of the same name. Flow cell is a rechargeable energy storage system just like a battery. However, it is unlike a battery in the way it powers a vehicle, since it utilizes elements of both fuel cells and electrochemical accumulator cells. Two different salt water solutions are kept in tanks and circulated through the flow cell, and a membrane separates the electrolytic compounds and allows electric charge to be directed to the vehicle’s drivetrain.
The flow cell is different from a traditional battery in many other ways. It is much lighter but offers high performance density and high charge. Compared to lithium-ion batteries, the flow cell can give a vehicle a longer driving range.
In the 2014 Geneva auto show, nanoFLOWCELL premiered its Quant e-Sportlimousine, which has a driving range of 372 miles. Next week, the company will show off a vehicle that offers more miles compared to its e-Sportlimousine—the Quant F. The Quant F (pictured) is an updated variant of the original Quant concept car and carries 500 liters of electrolyte fluid. It boasts a driving range of nearly 500 miles. It also generates 1,075 horsepower and has a top speed of 186 miles per hour.
The other vehicle nanoFLOWCELL will display in Geneva is the Quantino. It is also a variant of the Quant, though it is smaller and not as powerful. It carries just 350 liters of salt water solution but has a driving range of 620 miles.
Nunzio La Vecchia, the founder of nanoFLOWCELL, opts to show his products in Geneva. Prior to unveiling the Quant e-Sportlimousine last year, La Vecchia has shown two other offerings. In 2009, he showed the full-scale model of the NLV Quant, a rear-wheel-drive solar-electric four-seater built in partnership with Koenigsegg. In 2010, he revealed the near-production NLV Quant model, which was developed with the help of NLV Solar AG.
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