QUANT e-Sportlimousine equipped with NanoFlowcell drive coming to Geneva

Article by Christian A., on February 1, 2014

Back in 2009 at the Geneva Motor Show, NVL Solar unveiled the Quant Concept, a four-passenger sport sedan powered by a new propulsion system called Flow Accumulator Energy Storage (FAES). Offering a maximum range of 300 miles and a charge time of just 15-20 minutes, the system delivered an impressive 512 hp and 527 pound-feet of torque.

In 2010, NLV revealed at the Geneva Motor Show a new Quant using four 150-kilowatt electric motors, a carbon fiber chassis and a body covered with a thin solar film. A production version of the car was expected in 2012, but as you may know, the company didn’t build it yet. This year, Quant will return to the Geneva Motor Show with a new Quant e-Sportlimousine equipped with NanoFlowcell drive.

The new concept has a length of over 5.25 meters, four seats and offers a unique combination of innovative technology, outstanding design and an entirely new energy storage system. With the new QUANT, head of development Nunzio La Vecchia and his team of engineers and designers are presenting a very special research vehicle.

Simply entering the Quant e-Sportlimousine with nanoFlowcell is an amazing feeling. The moment the immense, practically two-metre long gull-wing doors raise themselves over the front and rear passenger seats, the Quant "wakes up" to receive you with its massive, over 1.25 n dash screen displaying important data about its charge status, flow cell info, drive range, and complete infotainment system data.

The carbon-fibre monocoque with four separate seats and jet-cockpit style

The exterior’s flowing design resonates throughout the interior. The carbon-fibre monocoque finds echoes in the two monocoque-reminiscent rows of seating, in high-tech jet-cockpit styling. They are central to the Quant e-Sportlimousine. Driver and passenger are behind one another like they are in a monocoque racer. Real wood surrounds one, so you feel one with nature. With natural outside light that shines off the wood greeting occupants as they get into the vehicle, there is a sensation of integrating into the nanoFlowcell flow or of being enclosed by it, which underscores the purpose of the advanced RGB LED strips inside the car, which you can adjust individually to the colour of your chosing.

Widescreen cinema feel with 1.25 m display

With contemporary display tech with over 1.25 m wide and 16 cm high, the display in front provides this vehicle with a widescreen cinematic feel. Combined instruments, head unit, and infotainment blend across the screen into a single unit. Continuous lines from front to back are also prominent here. Clearly demarcated instruments along a lateral configuration reflect the similarly arranged inside. Traditional dials are substituted with a fresh look of circle segments.

A torque gauge replaces the tachometer found in petrol-powered automobiles. It shows the torque values for each of the electric motors along with real-time info on the complete functions of the on-board energy management system.

Wood-mounted capacitive sensorFLOW switches

Another distinct feature of the all-new e-Sportlimousine is the wood operating switches. The all-new sensorFLOW tech offers a visual feature never before seen in automobile controls. Upon a first look, you see just natural, smooth surfaces of ash wood. When the Quant e-Sportlimousine becomes active, the control components are visible through the wood. Blue light bands appear to signify the nanoFlowcell flow.

The extremely thin wood surfaces allow the lightest finger touch to the sensorFLOW icons to trigger the appropriate response. This advancement allows the use of a sustainable material such as wood to give users a direct link to the digital controls.

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