The Quant is back. Swedish supercar manufacturer Koenigsegg partnered with German firm NLV Solar AG on the Quant by Koenigsegg, shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 2009. It was a styling buck of a four-passenger sport sedan that used a brand new, proprietary propulsion system invented by NLV called Flow Accumulator Energy Storage (FAES). Intensely complex, 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 wanted to have prototypes running in a year; obviously, that didn't happen.

NLV returned to the 2010 Geneva show, without Koenigsegg, with a Quant sedan powered by four 150-kilowatt electric motors, built on a carbon fiber chassis and having a body covered with a thin solar film making use of NLV's solar expertise. It planned to have a production-certified car ready by 2012; obviously, that didn't happen either.

This year the Quant returns to Geneva but under the auspices of a company called nanoFLOWCell, 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 than 17 feet, have four seats and be "the first car equipped with nanoFLOWCELL drive," which we will assume uses flow-cell battery technology.

According to Wikipedia, "The fundamental difference between conventional batteries and flow cells is that energy is stored as the electrode material in conventional batteries but as the electrolyte in flow cells." Among its benefits are a flexible layout and quick charging, but it's still a new and rather complex technology. If you're better with visual demonstrations, we've included a video below on one kind of flow-cell battery, the vanadium redox type, that explains it, along with a short press release. We'll be on the lookout for the latest Quant in Geneva.


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nanoFLOWCELL AG Stages World Premiere at Geneva Motor Show: the new QUANT - the First e-Sportlimousine with nanoFLOWCELL® Drive

VADUZ, Liechtenstein, January 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- nanoFLOWCELL AG is to stage a world premiere as part of the Geneva International Motor Show 2014: the QUANT e-Sportlimousine - the first car equipped with nanoFLOWCELL® drive. With the new QUANT, head of development Nunzio La Vecchia and his team of engineers and designers are presenting a very special research vehicle: At over 5.25 metres in length, the four-seater sports car offers a unique combination of innovative technology, outstanding design and an entirely new energy storage system: the nanoFLOWCELL® technology. First navigable prototype is set to generate new and innovative ideas for ongoing research into battery development, specifically in the field of flow-cell technology.


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      VL00
      • 10 Months Ago
      Vaporware garbage. Probably just a method of draining the bank account of the investors.
        Marco Polo
        • 10 Months Ago
        @VL00
        @ VL00 There's an interesting article/blog on NLV solar AG , and it's founder, Dr Nunzio La Vecchia,at :- http://www.saabsunited.com/2009/06/the-curious-case-of-the-koenigsegg-nlv-solar-quant.html I was introduced to ''Dr" Nunzio La Vecchia and a social gathering in Monaco, his response to a polite inquiry as to where he had obtained his PhD, was a defensive rant about how his title was at least earned, not inherited. ( maybe he has a doctorate in music). Nunzio La Vecchia's business activities seem to be shrouded in mystery. Christian von Koenigsegg seems to have wisely severed all connections with Nunzio La Vecchia Although, the principles of flow-cell battery technolog display potential, the technology is a long way from commercialization for EV's. I hope I'm wrong, but It would take some real evidence to convince me that Nunzio La Vecchia's, companies production expertise is amazingly sophisticated, technology, and not just amazingly sophisticated methods of separating gullible investors, and organizations like the European Investment Bank from their cash ! But, maybe I'm too cynical,....
          autoluxo
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Marco Polo
          It seems like he is a brilliant con artist/scammer romancing businessmen and older women into investing in his businesses: http://www.blick.ch/news/schweiz/zentralschweiz/der-falsche-physiker-und-sein-solar-bschiss-id2477217.html
          ReTired
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Marco Polo
          ...a little more info / insight here: http://www.gizmag.com/flow-battery/28747/ ...Aug, 2013 article implies good technology but far from market ready...especially as these units are not happy in "in-motion", non-static environments / applications (autos?). Costs are ambiguously cited and necessary capacity / weight / size of electrolyte storage tankage and the fluid's cost and transfer / leak hazards don't seem to be mentioned.
      bK
      • 10 Months Ago
      so why haven't anybody else jumped on this technology...? smells like a scam.
      Bobby Robinson
      • 10 Months Ago
      I think if this technology was even remotely feasible right now, Tesla would at least have prototypes using it right now. When someone comes along with a functional device that can actually be demonstrated, I'll believe it. As of right now though, I'll put the company responsible for creating the the QUANT in the same category as EEscam... Oops, I mean EEstor.
      Bobby Robinson
      • 10 Months Ago
      (http://evworld.com/news.cfm?newsid=21974)
      jay.ai
      • 10 Months Ago
      how do you pronounce the name in a socially acceptable manner?
      Hajime1990 #follow
      • 10 Months Ago
      ah Quant ... quite a popular name for japanese geeks...
      Bernard
      • 10 Months Ago
      That is awesome, I sure hope Tesla is doing research on this too.