Fascinating Hydrogen-Electric Car “Quant”
A German firm named “Quant” developed a ‘flow-cell’-powered car and was just approved for testing by the German TÜV safety body.
The Quant e-Sportlimousine was first introduced to the world at the Geneva Motor Show in March-2014, powered by ‘nanoFLOWCELL’ technology.
Flow-cells combine a battery, and fuel cells. Electrolyte fluid is circulated around two cells mounted side-by-side. Between these cells is a membrane that allows electrons to pass through. The electrical current generated from this flow of electrons is used to power the car.
This Quant car can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in just 2.8 seconds, with maximum speed of 217 mph. The car’s main advantage is energy density. A flow-cell of equivalent weight to a lithium-ion battery is over five times !
e-Sportlimousine vs. Tesla Model S
With a 120 kilowatt-hour flow-cell, Quant claims a range of 372 miles or more. That seems par for the course when compared to the EPA-rated 265 miles of an 85 kWh Tesla Model S, but you can assumes the e-Sportlimousine is a great deal lighter thanks to those flow cells, which are smaller than the Tesla’s batteries.
The Future of Flow Cell Technology
In Geneva, Quant also suggested that its flow cells contain no “harmful substances” or in other words, they basically criticize the electric car battery’s disposal problems and its affect on the environment. Quant doesn’t just want to change the auto industry, although it says that it’s flow cell technology could have further application in domestic energy supplies, for example on boats, rail and aviation technology too.