NanoFlowcell Holdings confirms that the company is holding discussions with Formula E Holdings on its participation in the FIA Formula E Championship and it’s intend to enter the Championship with a Formula E race car with nanoFlowcell® 48VOLT flow-cell drive.
A throttled and adapted drive system based on the type installed in the QUANT 48VOLT could be used to fulfil the criteria for the maximum battery and motor output. For the 2018/19 season, the FIA wants to allow battery output of 54 kilowatt hours and raise motor output to 250 kW. As it stands, the nanoFlowcell® all-wheel electric drive in the QUANT 48VOLT has a maximum output of 760 hp (560 kW). Energy is provided by a flow cell with six membranes which can deliver a sustained supply of 300 kWh. It enables the QUANT 48VOLT to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in less than 2.4 seconds, reach a top speed of more than 300 km/h and cover a range of more than 1,000 kilometres without refuelling.
“We have almost perfected the nanoFlowcell® 48 VOLT electric drive and are confident that our flow-cell system is superior to the lithium-ion battery technology currently used in electric vehicles, and is capable of leading the premium motorsport class for electric sports cars,” says Nunzio La Vecchia, developer of the nanoFlowcell® and CEO of nanoFlowcell Holdings Ltd. “Racing success in Formula E – just like our success in flow cell research – is hard fought, but we’re showing that we’re not shying away from the competition.”
With its planned participation in the FIA Formula E Championship, nanoFlowcell Holdings is showing that electric mobility can be designed to be environmentally compatible and future-safe without compromising system output and inherent safety (low voltage) as well as the ecological and economic sustainability of the technology.
“Our participation in the FIA Formula E Championship will help us promote the merits of flow-cell energy technology on an international stage and raise awareness within the industry that the prospects of success with nanoFlowcell® energy are reliable and future-safe – and not just in racing,” explains La Vecchia. “In terms of forward-looking, socially responsible and environmentally compatible electric mobility, we hope that the FIA permits a flow-cell-driven electric vehicle to participate in the FIA Formula E Championship, complete with its many competitive advantages. May the better technology win!”
Taking into consideration the preparations required in order to participate in the FIA Formula E Championship and assuming acceptance on the part of the FIA, it will be at least the racing season after next before a QUANT flow-cell electric sports car is able to compete in its first official FIA race.