QUANTiNO 2+2 to Star at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show

VADUZ, Liechtenstein, February 17, 2015PRNewswire

QUANTiNO to be unveiled at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show

The QUANTiNO low-voltage vehicle has a rated voltage of 48 V and 1,000+ km range.

Highlight at 2015 Geneva International Motor Show the new QUANTiNO. Low-voltage vehicle with rated voltage of 48 V, range of over 1,000 km, 4x25 kW 136 hp, top speed of 200 kmh, 22-inch wheels. Source nanoFlowcell AG
The new QUANTiNO low-voltage EV has over 1,000 km range and a top speed of 200 kmh. Source nanoFlowcell AG

nanoFlowcell AG will be presenting the first QUANT low-voltage vehicle as a concept vehicle at the Geneva International Motor Show.

“This car is a sensation and will be one of the absolute highlights at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show,” proclaims Prof. Jens Ellermann, President of the Board of Directors of nanoFlowcell AG.

The official world premiere of the QUANTiNO will take place on 3 March 2015 at a press conference to be held at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show (hall 1, stand 1224).

The doors will open to the public 5-15 March 2015.

Highlight at 2015 Geneva International Motor Show the new QUANTiNO. Source nanoFlowcell AG
The new QUANTiNO. Source nanoFlowcell AG

Measuring 3.91 metres in length, the QUANTiNO is a 2+2-seater boasting a unique design. A striking design element are the 22-inch wheels.

“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 this year. We will be driving the QUANTiNO in 2015. And we aim to attain approval for road use very quickly,” says Nunzio La Vecchia, Chief Technical Officer at nanoFlowcell AG.

No ‘range anxiety’ with nanoFlowcell® battery technology

The innovative drive concept comprising low-voltage system and nanoFlowcell® provides the QUANTiNO with a range of over 1,000 km.

“Low-voltage systems are an ideal match for the nanoFlowcell®. 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 Nunzio 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.

More QUANTiNO information will be released at the Geneva International Motor Show.

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Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept, the Next Logical Step

Chevrolet Press Release | 2015-01-12

Affordable, long-range concept builds on brand’s electrification leadership

2015 Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept all electric vehicle. Front ¾ in city scape. Bolt EV Concept builds upon Chevy’s experience gained from both the Volt and Spark EV to make an affordable, long-range all-electric vehicle to market. The Bolt EV is designed to meet the daily driving needs of Chevrolet customers around the globe with more than 200 miles of range and a price tag around $30,000. © General Motors
2015 Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept all electric vehicle. The Bolt EV Concept builds upon Chevy’s experience gained from both the Volt and Spark EV to make an affordable, long-range all-electric vehicle to market. The Bolt EV is designed to meet the daily driving needs of Chevrolet customers around the globe with more than 200 miles of range and a price tag around $30,000. © General Motors

DETROIT – Chevrolet today made a significant statement on its commitment to electrification with the introduction of the Bolt EV concept – a vision for an affordable, long-range all-electric vehicle designed to offer more than 200 miles of range starting around $30,000.

“The Bolt EV concept is a game-changing electric vehicle designed for attainability, not exclusivity,” said General Motors CEO Mary Barra.

“Chevrolet believes electrification is a pillar of future transportation and needs to be affordable for a wider segment of customers.”

Leveraging the electrification prowess established by Volt and Spark EV, the Bolt EV concept is designed to offer long-range performance in all 50 states and many global markets.

Drivers will be able to select operating modes designed around preferred driving styles such as daily commuting and spirited weekend cruising, for uncompromising electric driving. The modes adjust accelerator pedal mapping, vehicle ride height and suspension tuning. The Bolt EV concept is also designed to support DC fast charging.

“We have made tremendous strides in technologies that make it easier and more affordable for Chevrolet customers to integrate an all-electric vehicle in their daily lives,” said Barra.

“The Bolt EV concept demonstrates General Motors’ commitment to electrification and the capabilities of our advanced EV technology.”

The Bolt EV concept also pushes the envelope for crossover aesthetics. Its unique proportion, with practically no front or rear overhang, makes the most of interior space and was designed to create a roomy environment for four that feels expansive. Lightweight materials, including aluminum, magnesium, carbon fiber and even woven mesh, complement the design, while driving down the curb weight to help maximize range. Aero-optimizing features such as vented rear fenders also help contribute to range.

“Form and function have never meshed so well together,” said Ed Welburn, vice president, GM Global Design.

“No compromises were made when it came to aesthetics and the elements that contribute to the Bolt EV concept’s range, resulting in a unique proportion that’s sleek, efficient and obviously a Chevrolet.”

The Bolt EV concept’s airy interior ambience is enhanced with bold use of glass all around – as well as a full-length, frosted glass roof with unique, faceted design elements. A high beltline sweeps upward with the D-pillar, culminating in an integrated roof spoiler, for a lean, athletic stance.  An advanced nano-composite rear hatch and wraparound rear window give the Bolt EV concept a distinctive appearance and flood the interior with more natural light.

High-intensity, efficient light-emitting diode (LED) headlamp and taillamp elements are housed behind jewel-like faceted lenses in which translucent elements illuminate evenly to create the signature lighting effect.

Airy, intuitive interior

Inside, the Bolt EV concept has a large feel reinforced by generous headroom and legroom dimensions. A flat, flow-through floor adds to the roominess, while a contemporary, light color scheme adds to the feeling of an open, airy cabin and conveys warmth.

2015 Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept all electric vehicle interior. Unique crossover proportions provide a calm, welcoming interior blending technology and efficiency with a roomy, airy feel. Glass roof, thin seat design, aluminum seat structure, flow-through flat floor, anodized orange accents and 10 inch capacitive touch screen. © General Motors
2015 Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept all electric vehicle interior. Unique crossover proportions provide a calm, welcoming interior blending technology and efficiency with a roomy, airy feel. Glass roof, thin seat design, aluminum seat structure, flow-through flat floor, anodized orange accents and a 10 inch capacitive touch screen. ©General Motors

The cabin’s airy, high-tech environment is reinforced with lightweight, slim-architecture seats mounted on exposed aluminum pedestals that create a floating effect. The minimalist center console “floats,” too, suspended from the front seats.

“The Bolt EV concept’s interior is intended as a sanctuary, with materials and technologies that reinforce the airy ambience and help contribute to the vehicle’s overall efficiency,” said Welburn.

“It also incorporates technology in a subtler and simpler manner, for a more soothing driving experience – particularly in busy, urban environments.”

Chevrolet’s signature dual-cockpit interior layout incorporates easy-to-use technology designed to make the driving experience easier and more enjoyable. It wraps into the door panels and features a frosted and translucent appearance – and a subtle glow at night.

The Chevrolet Bolt EV concept vehicle makes its global debut Monday, January 12, 2015 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. The Bolt EV concept is Chevrolet's vision for an affordable, long-range, all-electric vehicle designed to offer more than 200 miles of range - starting around $30,000. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet) © General Motors
The Chevrolet Bolt EV concept vehicle makes its global debut Monday, January 12, 2015 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. The Bolt EV concept is Chevrolet’s vision for an affordable, long-range, all-electric vehicle designed to offer more than 200 miles of range – starting around $30,000. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet) © General Motors

The concept’s technological intuitiveness can be accessed via a smartphone with the concept Bolt EV Connect app, which is designed to:

  • Allow a smartphone to perform as the key fob
  • Allow ride-sharing management, including reservations, vehicle location, digital key and even payment processing via the smartphone
  • Incorporate the concept automatic park-and-retrieval technology, which enables the driver to exit the vehicle and tell the Bolt EV concept to park itself – and when errands are completed, the Bolt EV concept can be summoned to return to the owner’s location.

A large, color 10-inch-diagonal capacitive-touch screen, with interface features, complements the concept Bolt EV Connect app. It even allows the projection of all the application and other smartphone data onto the screen.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

Late-breaking update: GM will build Chevy Bolt in Michigan in late 2016 (Reuters)

Toyota’s un-Official Mid-Engined Hybrid Roadster

Originally published on Gas 2 by Jo Borrás

EV Central. Need to feel some wind in your hair? The Toyota TE-S800 un-official mid-engined hybrid sports car might be for you. Image by Toyota. 1
EV Central. Need to feel some wind in your hair? The Toyota TE-S800 un-official mid-engined hybrid sports car might be for you. Image #1.

Everyone needs a hobby, but what if you’re a Toyota engineer and building technologically advanced prototypes is your hobby? Don’t you get enough of that at work? Apparently not, since that was the motivation behind the plug-in sportscar you see here. Built on an old MR2 platform using from Toyota’s corporate Prius/Corolla parts bins by company engineers with a lot of free time on their hands, the Toyota TE-S800 is a sweet-looking plug-in hybrid roadster that weighs less than 2000 lbs. and rockets to 60 MPH in just 5.8 seconds (!).

Motive power is provided by Toyota’s 1.5 liter Otto-cycle 1NZ-FE engine, sold in the US under the hood of the latest Prius. The car features a free-flowing sport exhaust that allows the engine to kick out more than 115 hp at 6400 rpm. That engine is boosted by the plug-in Prius’ 102 hp electric motor coupled to a Toyota E-CVT transmission.

The TE-S800 was quietly unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Salon, but didn’t get much press since it wasn’t an “official” project. All the same, this hybrid roadster is based on a chassis that met US crash standards the last time it was imported, and is powered by a drivetrain that is definitely clean enough to meet US emissions standards. What do you guys think? Is this the kind of mid-engined go-fast hybrid Toyota should build, or would you be more excited about a KERS-equipped FR-S or the more luxurious Lexus RC300h? Let us know what direction you’d like to see Toyota take in the comments section at the bottom the page.

The Toyota TE-S800 un-official mid-engined hybrid sports car. Image by Toyota. Image #2.
The Toyota TE-S800 un-official mid-engined hybrid sports car. Image by Toyota. Image #2.
The Toyota TE-S800 un-official mid-engined hybrid sports car. Image by Toyota. Image #3.
The Toyota TE-S800 un-official mid-engined hybrid sports car. Image by Toyota. Image #3.
The Toyota TE-S800 un-official mid-engined hybrid sports car. Image by Toyota. Image #4.
The Toyota TE-S800 un-official mid-engined hybrid sports car. Image by Toyota. Image #4.

Source | Photos: Toyota Engineering Society, via TechVehi.

This article, Hybrid Toyota Roadster Shocks Audience, is syndicated from Clean Technica and is posted here with permission.

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EV Central. Jo BorrásJo Borrás I’ve been involved in motorsports and tuning since 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the Important Media network. You can find me on Twitter, Skype (jo.borras) or Google+