Talks are ongoing to put the revolutionary Nanoflowcell technology into production.
Swiss battery technology research company Nanoflowcell has admitted it is talking about putting its liquid battery-powered Quantino concept car into production with a “large manufacturer that is not German”, reports Autocar.
Speaking to the magazine, Nanoflowcell technology head Nunzio La Vecchia said the car could be rebranded, and the battery technology could be licensed to other manufacturers. He said: “The car and the availability of refueling could be a reality in four or five years time.”
The Quantino was first unveiled at the 2015 Geneva motor show. Its electric motor produces a modest 107 horsepower (80 kilowatts) and 148 pound-feet (201 Newton meters) of torque. That’s enough to propel the 3130 pound (1420 kilogram), two-plus-two coupe from 0 to 60 miles per hour (and 100 kilometers per hour) in around five seconds and a top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h).
But power and performance isn’t really the point, here. More important is the Quantino’s Nanoflowcell power source.
It works by exchanging ions between positively and negatively charged liquid electrolytes - essentially saltwater that has been “engineered by nanotechnology”. The two liquids are stored in tanks and then passed along a membrane through which the positively and negatively charged ions are passed. The process creates an electric charge at the membrane which is then sent to the motors.
The electrolytes are “single use”. Once they have been past the membrane, the water is vaporized and excess salts trapped in a filter that needs to be changed every 6000 miles (9656 kilometers).
The Quantino prototype is road registered in Germany and undergoing extensive testing. In its current configuration with two 42 gallon (159 liter) electrolyte tanks, range is claimed to be around 600 miles (966 km). The tanks are refilled in the same manner as a conventional gas tank, in a similar amount of time.
Liquid batteries were first developed in the 1950s. Though they are significantly less energy dense than diesel fuel, for instance, Nanoflowcell claims its system is 75 per cent more efficient than diesel. It is able to run at much lower voltage than conventional battery-powered cars, as well.
Nanoflowcell also unveiled the Quant FE at the 2015 Geneva show. A gullwing-doored, supercar-styled coupe, it produces a claimed 1090 hp (813 kW) and 2130 lb/ft (2888 Nm) of torque.