Geneva 2010: NVL Quant is an electric dream boat

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We saw this here four-seat Gullwinger last year billed as the Koenigsegg Quant. For the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, it's reappeared as the NVL Quant. Go figure. We're not sure if we should emphasize the dream part of the headline, or the boat part. At first glance, we're thinking boat as the Quant is enormous. The wheelbase is 122 inches, and the vehicle's overall length is 192 inches. It's six-and-a-half-feet wide, too. No, it's not 1970s Caddy big, but for an electric car, the Quant is barge-like. And it rides on 23-inch wheels.

Though once you start getting inside the numbers, you see why we really ought to emphasize the dream part. Ready? Here goes: zero to sixty miles per hour in 2.7 seconds and a top speed of 234 miles per hour. Pretty, um, hopeful numbers considering that the giant gullwing four-seater weighs 3,700 pounds. Er, actually it's "projected" to weigh 3,700 pounds. Meaning the actual weight may vary. Also, we need to point out that the Quant's made out of carbon fiber.

Power comes from four electric motors (one for each wheel) with some type of torque vectoring software to maximize traction. There are two different power systems on board. One's a conventional battery and the other's a pyrite film covering that acts as a solar cell to power the instruments and also charge the battery. Speaking of batteries, the NVL Quant might will ship with either a metal-air battery (like some hearing aids) or a refillable Redox Flow Cell. Not sure what either of those are? Don't fret, but be sure to check out the wood-look steering wheel – we think it looks great.

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