Quant's oddball nanoFuelCell technology has most of us scratching our heads, but its grand zero-emissions range claim has our interest piqued.
GENEVA -- The compact Quantino is the smallest of the new nanoFlowCell models debuting today at the 2015 Geneva auto show.
The 2+2 coupe is powered by four low-voltage, 25 kW electric motors, one for each wheel.
Despite the low 48V operating voltage, the Quantino is no golf cart. Top speed is about 125 mph.
Total system power totals around 136 horsepower. Total torque is unstated.
The Quantino is a fully electric nanoFlowCell vehicle.
This means that it doesn't have a traditional battery. Rather, the EV generates its own electricity onboard.
You fill the Quantino up like a conventional gasoline car. Only it doesn't run on gas, and there are two parallel tanks.
The driver "recharges" the Quantino by filling its two 175L (48 gallon) tanks with an ionized electrolytic liquid. One tank is positively charged, the other negatively charged.
The two fluids interact with each other to generate electricity on the go.
The compact Quantino boasts a claimed 1,000km (621-mile) cruising range before its electrolytic tanks need refilling.
That's a lot of miles of zero emissions motoring, but the Quantino is also carrying about four times the amount of liquid fuel that your average gasoline car of this size would hold.
Still, for a clean emissions vehicle, the Quantino's range is amazing.
Quant envisions that the Quantino will be the most affordable of its three-model lineup, which also includes the Quant E and Quant F.
Right now, the odd little EV is just a concept, but that could all change soon.
Quant has plans to produce a street-legal Quantino sometime during 2015.
With battery electrics currently ruling the roost and fuel cell EVs generating a lot of buzz recently, it remains to be seen if there's room in the market for yet another alternative fuel.
The nanoFlowCell vehicle rolls on massive 22-inch wheels.
With four electric motors operating independently, the Quantino is an all-wheel-drive vehicle.
The onboard computers are able to torque vector, actively engaging the motors to affect the handling of the car.
The design pushes the wheels as far into the corners as possible. The wheelbase of 3.2 meters is nearly as long as the car itself.
From nose to tail, the Quantino is just 3.9 meters (about 12.7 feet) long. That's shorter than the current Mazda Miata.
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