"The Quantino is an electric vehicle for everyone. Affordable and featuring an extravagant, unique design. It is not just a concept vehicle - it will become reality in the course of 2015. We will be driving the Quantino in 2015. And we aim to attain approval for road use very quickly," says Nunzio La Vecchia. Vast ranges for the Quantino with nanoFlowcellÂ®
The innovative drive concept comprising low-voltage system and nanoFlowcellÂ® provides the Quantino with a range of over 1,000 km. "Low-voltage systems are an ideal match for the nanoFlowcellÂ®. They enable us to generate levels of drive power that previously appeared impossible. And we are only at the beginning of our development work. The initial tests and simulations already indicate far greater potential. This concept represents a real alternative for the electric mobility of the future, with outstanding drive power and vast ranges," says La Vecchia.
With its two 175-litre tanks, the Quantino is able to carry 350 litres of ionic liquid in total - one tank with a positive charge and one with a negative charge. The refuelling process is similar to the procedure which is customary today, the sole difference being that two tanks are filled simultaneously, each with a different fluid.
2+2-seater with 22-inch wheels
Measuring 3.91 metres in length, the Quantino is a 2+2-seater boasting a unique design. A striking detail is the 22-inch wheels. "As the small brother of the Quant E and the Quant F, we wanted to emphasize the fact that the Quantino belongs to the Quant family. Both the front and rear end clearly demonstrate this kinship. In particular, the large 22-inch wheels which the Quantino has adopted from its big brothers in the Quant family set it apart in its class in terms of appearance," notes Chief Technical Officer Nunzio La Vecchia. Low-voltage systems - background and advantages To date, low-voltage drives have featured primarily on vehicles with very low drive outputs (< 5kW), such as golf carts, e-scooters or light-duty motor vehicles such as four-wheel vehicles with relatively low drive outputs (< 20kW) for urban use. "To our knowledge, a low-voltage drive system has never been deployed before in a larger passenger car, such as is now being demonstrated on board of the Quantino. The required drive output al
"Low-voltage systems offer various advantages over high-voltage systems, such as are used in electric vehicles today. While high-voltage electric vehicles require complete contact and flashover protection, this is not needed for low-voltage vehicles. In accordance with ECE-R 100, no additional measures to prevent accidental contact are necessary for low-voltage systems. This also gives rise to much faster homologation of low-voltage vehicles, as functional safety is more simple to realise," explains Nunzio La Vecchia.