The TÜV Süd in Munich, Germany’s TÜV safety body, has approved the QUANT e-Sportlimousine with nanoFLOWCELL drivetrain concept for use on public roads in Germany and Europe following an in-depth inspection, the company has announced in a press release.
Nunzio La Vecchia, Chief Technical Officer at nanoFLOWCELL AG, was handed the official registration plate with number ROD-Q-2014.
“This is a historic moment and a milestone not only for our company but perhaps even for the electro-mobility of the future. For the first time an automobile featuring flow-cell electric drive technology will appear on Germany’s roads. Today we have put the product of 14 years’ hard development work on the road. This is a moment for us to celebrate. We are extremely proud that as a small company we have developed such visionary technology as the nanoFLOWCELL® and are now also able to put it into practice. But this is only the beginning of our journey of discovery,” said Mr La Vecchia upon receiving the approval.
He said the nanoFLOWCELL AG team and its partners were working at top speed on the homologation of the QUANT e-Sportlimousine with nanoFLOWCELL® for series production.
“At the car’s world premiere in Geneva, a large number of investors and automobile manufacturers showed tremendous interest in the new QUANT e-Sportlimousine and the nanoFLOWCELL® drivetrain concept, together with its wide range of possible applications. Now that the automobile has been approved for use on public roads in Germany and the rest of Europe we can enter into detailed planning with our partners, adding an exciting new chapter to the future of electro-mobility,” he said.
“The attention received by the nanoFLOWCELL® and the positive response to it has encouraged us to think about investment possibilities in the project, right up to a possible initial public offering. This would enable us to drive forward the wide range of possible applications and potential of the nanoFLOWCELL® on an international scale. Initial planning and discussions are already taking place.”
Professor Jens-Peter Ellermann, Chairman of the Board of Directors at nanoFLOWCELL AG, said the approval for the vehicle marked a significant step in the development of the company.
“Approval of the QUANT e-Sportlimousine with the nanoFLOWCELL® drivetrain concept is a vital step forward for nanoFLOWCELL AG. What began as the vision of Nunzio La Vecchia has now become reality. The fact that only four months after the car’s world premiere in Geneva we have received approval for the use of the QUANT e-Sportlimousine with nanoFLOWCELL® drivetrain concept on the road in Germany and the rest of Europe indicates the dynamism with which our entire team is working on this project. We are very much looking forward to the next stages of this exciting and promising journey,” Professor Ellermann said.
“We’ve got major plans, and not just within the automobile industry. The potential of the nanoFLOWCELL® is much greater, especially in terms of domestic energy supplies as well as in maritime, rail and aviation technology. The nanoFLOWCELL® offers a wide range of applications as a sustainable, low cost and environmentally-friendly source of energy.”