One of the biggest problems with electric vehicles (EVs), I feel, is cosmetic, leaving aside range anxiety or the hassle of finding a free charging spot. Tesla’s Model S might be a gorgeous looking car, but you couldn’t say the same of the more popular and more affordable Nissan Leaf, the Renault Zoe or the Kia Soul EV. Though beauty may indeed lie in the eyes of the beholder, perhaps good looks simply come at a premium in this segment – the Model S starts at €81,086, the BMW i8 at €142,360, far outside the budgets of many motorists who buy with their eyes as much as their head.
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Fast forward 50, 60 or 70 years, and changes in the way we fuel our cars will have undoubtedly come to the fore. Will petrol and diesel still largely feature, or will electricity have become the dominant force? And then, of course, there are the other sources clamouring for attention, including hydrogen and…salt water. Sort of.
Step forward the nanoFLOWCELL AG Quant e-Sportlimousine which made its début at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2014. nanoFLOWCELL AG hasn’t given away too much about the specifics of how their car works. The e-Sportlimousine is powered by nano flow cell technology, which the company claims has five times as much energy efficiency and storage capabilities when compared to conventional flow cell batteries. The technology was initially developed for NASA during the 1970s, and works similar to hydrogen fuel cells. Carried in two 200 litre tanks, negative and positively charged electrolytic solutions flow through a flow cell in the centre. This central cell is split down the centre by a membrane and allows an electrical charge to pass through and produce power for the drivetrain. The addition of super capacitors means that the produced energy can be stored and distributed as its needed. Critics have argued that the energy density of such flow cell batteries has always been lower than that of their lithium ion counterparts, so it’ll be interesting if Quant’s claims are proven to be accurate.
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