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Koenigsegg Quant

Koenigsegg Quant: Solar-powered, four-seater electric sports car - Crave at CNET UK

Koenigsegg, one of the most respected supercar makers on the planet, has just announced an all-electric sports car that could give the Tesla Roadster a run for its money. It's called the Quant, and it is -- to our knowledge -- the first all-electric sports car that includes solar panels and space for four adults, not to mention all mod-cons and enough grunt to rival a Porsche Boxster.

The car was devised primarily by solar-electric propulsion company NVL Solar AG, whose stunning design influenced Koenigsegg to help build a prototype. The final model will be powered by twin AC induction motors, developing 512bhp and a massive 715nm of torque. This, according to Koenigsegg, is enough to send it from 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 171mph. Its range, when driven sensibly, is 310 miles, which is impressive considering the Tesla falls off the road at 244 miles.



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Nov 28, 2006
SF Bay Area
Right. Certainly interesting, but I can't say I'm optimistic about anything coming of it anytime soon. A few warning signs: They play up solar panels, which we know is mostly a marketing gimmick (Fisker admitted you could get about 5 miles of range if the Karma sat in the sun for a week). Wheel motors again... still waiting for a production car with wheel motors. Unspecified battery technology with new fancy acronym, Flow Accumulator Energy Storage (FAES).

Koenigsegg joins EV race with new Quant supercar concept - [2009 Koenigsegg Quant Concept] - MotorAuthority - Car news, reviews, spy shots

In case someone is interested what became of the Quant
So a technology partner (NLV Solar), who was supposed to outfit Quant with thin-coat invisible solar panels with unheard of 38% solar energy conversion efficiency turned out to be a fraud. Closer examination of Koenigsegg's Quant press release reveals NLV Solar was also supposed to provide the mysterious "Flow Accumulator Energy Storage" device. So Quant turned out to be a Quack. Why does this story ring such a loud bell on this side of the Atlantic? At least one would think that Koenigsegg, who actually does make some nice sports gassers, should know better. This will sting them badly I am afraid.

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