In the past year, there has been a drastic increase in the production of electric cars by countless car companies due to state emission regulations, and the inherent success of electric cars like the Volt and Model S. For some reason though, despite its greater expense, the Model S became more popular than previous EVs like the Volt and Leaf. Why?
The primary reason is range. When your average car can get around 200-400 miles on a single tank of gasoline, how would a 30-60mile range EV even compare to suiting your needs? It would only satiate your inner morals of keeping the planet clean, not suit your everyday practical activities. That’s why the Tesla’s 300 mile range and its luxury became so popular. Unfortunately, it’s been the only EV that has been able to break the 200 mile range mark and become popular…until now.
At the Geneva Auto show, among the many amazing supercars and hyper cars stood one lone, gigantic, 5100 hundred pound 912 hp AWD, 2.8 second 0-60 time EV. The nano FLOWCELL QUANT e-limousine. The whopper? A 372 mile range.
Although currently still a concept, the secret to the long range of the Quant is the different battery technology. Whereas Tesla uses a large number of Lithium Ions, Quant’s Flowcell technology, originally developed by NASA in the 1970s, “combines aspects of an electrochemical accumulator cell with those of a fuel cell.” Liquid electrolytes circulate through separate chambers and produce electrical power for the drive train through oxidation and reduction reactions.
Because the batteries use liquid, the car has two 50 gallon tanks of the different liquids which can be emptied and refilled if a quicker refueling method is needed. Of course, as with many concept cars, we don’t know much about anything else on the car currently. Right now, it might seem like a “tesla killer” as Motortrend referred to it in their July edition, but it might just end up like a fad that will fade away like the Fisker Karma. We simply don’t know yet, but I hope we give it a chance. Elon Musk always said that his motive for the success of the Tesla Model S was not to dominate the EV market, but encourage countless other car companies to create EVs that can be up to par or better than the Model S, thus steering us away from conventional gasoline and diesel vehicles.