Although it may not be a household name just yet, Liechtenstein-based automaker nanoFlowcell is preparing to show a production-ready version of its third model line at the approaching Geneva Motor Show.
First shown as a concept at last year’s Geneva show, the QUANTiNO (which for the sake of readability and sanity, we’ll call the Quantino from now on) will join nanoFlowcell’s range beneath the existing Quant F and Quant e-Sportlimousine.
The Quantino electric vehicle runs a low-voltage drivetrain rated at just 48 volts, delivering drive to four individual electric motors. While nanoFlowcell has revealed little in the way of performance figures, it is indicating a target top speed of 200km/h and a range of over 1000km from a single fill.
That’s right, fill - not charge. Unlike a conventional electric vehicle which feeds charge into on-board batteries, the Quantino contains a pair of 175 litre fuel tanks, which can be topped up with non-toxic, non-flammable ionic fluids; one positively charged, the other negatively charged.
The Quantino sits atop 22-inch wheels, and measures 3910mm from nose to tail, with a 1930mm width, 1335mm height and awheelbase of 3198. For comparison a Hyundai Veloster is a whopping 340mm shorter, 125mm narrower, 70mm taller, and rides on a wheelbase some 548mm shorter - despite its vaguely similar silhouette.
As for nanoFowcell’s ‘production ready’ claims - the Quantino isn’t about to start rolling off the production line just yet, but a feasibility study later this year will decide if an initial small-batch production run is likely.
At this stage, nanoFlowcell hasn’t suggested a price for the Quantino should it reach full-scale production.