Is This the Solution to the Problems Associated with Electric Vehicles?
You pull into a conventional forecourt, fill-up, pay-up and go. But your vehicle is electric, not petrol or diesel. How is this possible? The answer is a liquid electrolyte called bi-ION® and a battery called a nanoFlowcell®.
The search for a technology that will replace fossil fuels without the many problems created by the mass extraction of Lithium for Li-ION batteries has resulted in an innovation that deserves much more media exposure than it has hitherto received.
A sports car utilising this technology has driven over 350,000 kilometres on test with very little maintenance and zero pollution since 2016. Over 200,000 of those test kilometres have been undertaken on public roads in Europe.
And, whilst Li-ION batteries deteriorate over time, the nanoFlowcell® is guaranteed for a life of 50,000 running hours.
“Endurance testing of the QUANTiNO 48VOLT has confirmed our assumptions. The real-life operation of the nanoFlowcell® was almost entirely in line with our calculations,” said Nunzio La Vecchia, developer of the nanoFlowcell® technology and CEO of nanoFlowcell Holdings Ltd., in an April 2019 press release.
“The endurance test shows that the nanoFlowcell® 48VOLT low-voltage drive in the QUANTiNO 48VOLT is the best performing, most efficient as well as ecologically and economically most innovative energy and drive system for electric vehicles to have been installed to date in a road-legal vehicle.”
nanoFlowcell® is the product brand used by nanoFlowcell Holdings Ltd for its proprietary flow-cell based energy technology. With nanoFlowcell® flow cells, regenerative energies become easily available for mobile applications such as electric vehicles for the first time. The flow cell is not charged, but fuelled with a non-toxic, non- flammable and environmentally compatible electrolyte liquid called bi-ION®, which could be provided through regular fuel stations. The cost of manufacturing the bi-ION® electrolyte liquid on an industrial scale is estimated at substantially less than ten Euro-cents per litre. Industrial production costs for nanoFlowcell® would be around 600 Euro; the company guarantees a life span for nanoFlowcell® of minimum 50,000 operating hours , which equals to around 1.8 million kilometres in an electric car.
As with all new technologies, many more hours of testing are required to demonstrate the claims made by the company. And then comes the long process of production and distribution in order to make vehicles using the technology, and the novel fuel, commercially available. For the sake of all our futures I hope it does not take too long.