Design Concept of the Day: Quant e-Sportlimousine
February 3, 2014 § Leave a comment
The Quant super-EV – as promised at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show – never did materialise as a production reality (surprise) but the Koenigsegg-built show car, originally commissioned by NLV Solar AG, is to have a second-life role as a “very special research vehicle”. This 5.25m-long four-seater will be back in Geneva next month as a showcase for a firm called nanoFLOWCELL AG, featuring its “entirely new energy storage system”. No more info than that as yet, but apparently the car is a “first navigable prototype”, “set to generate new and innovative ideas for ongoing research into battery development, specifically in the field of flow-cell technology”. Fair enough: just don’t expect to be able to buy one.
- Establishing a public charging infrastructure for EVs “is not really very important because most people are charging their cars at home”, says Herbert Diess, BMW board member. Such is the feedback from the Mini E and BMW 1-Series’ ‘Electronaut’ trials; more in this interview with Ward’s Auto.
- Some pull-outs from the JD Power 2014 US Avoider Study (why consumers purchase/reject/do not consider particular models; 29,000 car-owners surveyed who registered a new car April-May 2013): 38% of domestic-brand buyers cited new technology offerings, and 33% of import-brand buyers; fuel economy the most influential purchase reason for the third year running; but exterior styling the most influential reason to not look at other models in the sector; and of EV buyers, 32% bought an EV for environmental concerns and 29% for fuel/energy economy (a different outcome than in a number of other surveys, which have seen cost/economy as more of a priority than wider ecological issues/concern).
- Volkswagen Group Research is co-ordinating a 29-partner research project in Wolfburg called AdaptIVe – Automated Driving Applications & Technologies for Intelligent Vehicles. The EC-funded 42-month programme will develop and test a range of automated-driving technologies, both for urban and motorway use. Full lowdown at Green Car Congress.
- Don’t forget comfort when planning sustainable transport: a 1000-person study in Stuttgart has identified four ‘comfort profiles’ for different types of traveller, who value comfort and who are prepared to pay (or not) for it in different ways. There’s the ‘relaxers’, ‘dashers’, ‘discerners’ and the ‘sporty’. Next stage of the project is to develop an app to enable participants to report on travel comfort in real time, and to measure background influences.
- Nissan is surveying Leaf owners to find out if they would be willing to pay more for a 150-mile range and faster charging times, reports Transport Evolved. Options of a premium of up to $5000 are being suggested. It’ll be interesting to see the outcome of this – and the pricing/range of the next-generation model.
- A grassroots technology initiative in Tanzania, at the very opposite of the automotive spectrum to the Quant: GalimotoCar involves the building of basic, functional working vehicles from recycled materials and rubbish. Note that, in this context of a developing region, the car/motor vehicles are still very much seen as a means to develop industry (moving away from an agrarian/agricultural economy; seen by project founders as desirable), create jobs and income, and improve quality of life. Wider picture, and all that…