2017 Geneva Motor Show: Nanoflowcell Quant 48Volt concept image

The Geneva Motor Show always attracts exotic appearances, and Nanoflowcell’s Quant 48Volt is certainly befitting for the category – an electric 2+2 sports coupe with a very interesting powertrain that makes you question how to refill it.

The Nanoflowcell Quant 48Volt is one of those entries that we really hope it’s not vaporware – it has hypercar-rivaling performances thanks to a 751 horsepower (560 kilowatts) powertrain and a diesel-breaking range of 621 miles (1,000 kilometers). However, the model’s unorthodox powertrain is a huge unknown. Nanoflowcell has been touting its quirky technology for some years now, refining it and showcasing new concepts along the way – the Quant 48Volt is the newest evolution in the family. The company even claims great performance – 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 2.4 seconds and a maximum speed of 186 mph (300 kph).

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There are futuristic looks for the 2+2 vehicle – but the unusual powertrain is the main asset, f they manage to make it work as advertised. It has ionic liquids and flowcell sitting in the back, a very odd battery arrangement, with a pair of 52.8-gallon (200-liters) tanks to store the ionic liquids – one with a positive charge and the other negative. Move them past a membrane and they deliver electricity, which batteries store and deliver to the four electric motors. The main issue is getting those ionic liquids when they are depleted from the tanks – which is a bit of the same conundrum faced by hydrogen powered cars.