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nanoFlowcell Quantino Twentyfive 2023.

nanoFlowcell Quantino Twentyfive 2023.

nanoFlowcell Quantino Twentyfive 2023.

Quantino Twentyfive: an electric sports car without a battery, but with a range of 2,000 km.

The Swiss electric car startup nanoFlowcell, seemingly forgotten by everyone, has once again reminded about itself: an updated version of the compact electric car Quantino has been presented and a branch office in the US has been announced to localize production of electric cars and «fuel» for them.

Behind the startup nanoFlowcell (that’s how it’s spelled, with a small letter) is the engineer-inventor Nunzio la Vecchia.

His professional career began in 1996 after receiving a degree in quantum physics, la Vecchia was involved in several innovative projects, but eventually his life’s work was electric cars with so-called flow-electrolyte power supply — the startup carefully avoids the word battery.

The operating principle is quite simple: two tanks hold liquid electrolyte — one with positively charged ions and the other with negatively charged ions, pumps run the liquids through a special module with an ion exchange membrane (or a pack of such membranes), this membrane generates an electric current.

The main advantage of electric cars with flow-electrolyte power is that they do not need time to charge, the spent electrolyte is drained and replaced with a new one at special filling stations in just a few minutes.

The electrolyte from nanoFlowcell carries its own brand bi-ION, it has a fairly high energy density — 600 W∙h/kg, it provides a long range on a single charge.

NanoFlowcell does not disclose the composition of bi-ION, but claims that it is environmentally friendly — the waste can be safely discharged into the sewer.

nanoFlowcell Quantino Twentyfive 2023.

In 2014, nanoFlowcell presented at the Geneva Motor Show a powerful four-seat electric car Quantino (in design, by the way, it is similar to the modern DeLorean Alpha5), in 2015 there debuted a compact coupe Quantino hatchback.

Both models have a low-voltage, 48-volt architecture — relatively safe for human health in case of some kind of emergency. In 2016, the company reported that it was close to starting mass production of its cars, but it never did.

nanoFlowcell Quantino Twentyfive 2023.

In 2017, the last iteration of the Quant concept was unveiled, and no one was talking about mass production then.

Then the company disappeared from the media spotlight, although on its website we found several press releases after 2017 about the successful running tests of the Quantino.

A year ago, nanoFlowcell changed its location, now the company is based in London — the capital of Great Britain, and at the same time it was announced a marvelous city Quant City, designed by the famous architect Zaha Hadid.

This city will produce bi-ION electrolyte and high-end electric cars Quant, as well as the research and training centers of nanoFlowcell.

nanoFlowcell Quantino Twentyfive 2023.

But the location of the city has not been named — so far it is just a virtual project.

Perhaps Quant City will be built in the United States: On December 15 this year, after 14 months of silence, the press service of nanoFlowcell announced the opening of the American branch of nanoFlowcell USA in New York.

The investment climate in America is better; nanoFlowcell will look for new partners here to organize production of its products.

Following the announcement of the U.S. branch nanoFlowcell introduced a fresh version of the electric car Quantino with prefix Twentyfive, a figure indicating the 25th anniversary of Nunzio la Vecchia.

Now Quantino is not a coupe, but a roadster with seating formula 2+2. To be more precise, nanoFlowcell calls the Quantino Twentyfive a roadster, but in fact it is a targa body with a powerful arc over the interior and removable sections of the roof.

nanoFlowcell Quantino Twentyfive 2023.

Technical characteristics of the Quantino Twentyfive are impressive: the power plant consists of four electric motors (one per wheel) with a capacity of 59 kW (80 hp) each.

The Quantino Twentyfive reaches 100 km/h in 3 seconds, the top speed is limited to 250 km/h.

The bi-ION is stored in two 125-litre tanks, with a range of up to 2,000 km on a single charge.

Alas, the company does not announce the production start date or the approximate price of the Quantino Twentyfive.

This is understandable: electric cars with flow-electrolyte power requires its own infrastructure for filling and draining of electrolyte, which does not yet exist.

Apparently, nanoFlowcell is hoping to create such an infrastructure in the U.S., where there is plenty of space, money and generally more adventurous entrepreneurs than in Europe.

Why nanoFlowcell itself has existed all these years, one can only guess — perhaps Nunzio la Vecchia has very rich parents or sponsors, because the services of the internationally acclaimed Zaha Hadid alone cost a fortune.

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