• Mar 4, 2009
Click above for a high-res gallery of the NLV Quant by Koenigsegg

The cars created by Christian von Koenigsegg are not renowned for being environmentally friendly. The car unveiled by Koenigsegg today in Geneva is in many ways diametrically opposed to the CCX and its variants. Rather than burning fuel to produce prodigious quantities of horsepower, the Quant is designed to run silently on electrons. The Quant that was revealed on the show floor is a styling buck of a four passenger, gull-winged coupe with an electric motor driving each rear wheel. The combined output of the powertrain is expected to be 512 hp and 527 lb-ft of twist.

Koenigsegg has partnered with NLV Solar AG for the energy storage system of this electric coupe. As the name implies NLV's main line of business is solar panels and those have been incorporated into the hood and roof of the Quant. Christian von Koenigsegg and Nunzio La Vecchia of NLV acknowledged that the solar cells will only provide enough power for accessories such as the radio or ventilation and won't be able to do any significant battery charging. That battery system is the big unknown for the Quant. Learn more about that after the jump.



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La Vecchia explained to AutoblogGreen that the so-called Flow Accumulator Energy Storage (FAES) invented by NLV is a combination of an electro-chemical battery and a redox cell. Koenigsegg claims the accumulator can be fully charged in 15-20 minutes for a range of over 300 miles.

There have been other battery systems that can take fast a charge and we'll withhold judgment for now on whether the FAES can actually achieve this and do it reliably over time. The big issue with such fast charge systems is the source of electricity. Putting that much electricity into any kind of battery/capacitor/whatever takes a lot more voltage and amperage than the typical household outlet - or most any other kind - has available. Without a network of special high power charging stations, the reality is people won't be able to do fast charging anyway.

The makers hope to have a working prototype within a year and start series production in about three years. Koenigsegg wouldn't speculate on price other than to say it will be much less expensive than the CCX variants and in much higher volume.


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      Lancelot
      • 10 Months Ago
      another FAILURE!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Like it, except for these side-view mirrors. They have too much presence in my opinion and seem a tad 'foreign'. It would be nice if they were attached to the A-pillar and have black stems.

      Oh and the 'Quant' badge on the side needs to go too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car is sweet. holds the record for the fastest ticket,(242mph in a 75mph zone)
      If I had the cash I would most deff. buy. It looks so futureistic. NICE
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmmm. Not overly impressed with the styling of the Quant concept but then I'm not particularly keen on looks of the CCX either!

      The technology claims sounded interesting and I did a quick search for further information:

      http://www.nlv-solar.com/quant/

      Plenty of outlandish claims from NLV about the capabilities of their FAES, IMHO. Similarly outlandish claims about their solar technology too.

      I'm extremely sceptical about such claims.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've spoken to Mr.Vecchia when I went to the autosalon yesterday. I'm not entirely sure whether the promised performance parameters can be achieved. Knowing just the bare essentials about solar technology, they're speaking of a thin-film FeS multilayer photovoltaic technology that can also be bent to follow the Quant's curves and even coat the windscreen. But the alleged 38% efficiency would be a game-changing revolution in itself. If that'd exist, why not come out a lot bigger...
      The car you see here, is a complete mockup with nothing inside. The rest is CG.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd call it outlandish and ridiculous, except it's a Segg. They do outlandish and ridiculous, and they do so profitably. if they can make the CCX a profitable business venture, i have no doubts they'll get this one there too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow,some competition for the tesla.
      Hope it doesn't go the way of the Lightning.
      I expected to see that koenigsegg,introducing an ethanol dedicate not electric.
      The last Kenny CCX,if memory serves makes almost 900 HP on Methyl as compared to 600 HP on UK gasoline,the drip gas here in the U.S. would probably blow the crank out the bottom after sucking in all the valves simultaneously,looking for some of that octane like substance.