Automotive Purchasing News Review 21 July 2014 - page 7

21 July 2014
automotive purchasing
gets ready for the road
Jul 17, 2014
Boasting its innovative nanoFLOWCELL®
drivetrain concept, the eye-popping
QUANT e-Sportlimousine has been
given the green light for use on public
roads in Germany and across Europe. As
Automotive Purchasing editor Drew Hillier
reports, following the approval by TÜV
Süd in Munich for use on public roads,
nanoFLOWCELL AG’s chief technical
officer Nunzio La Vecchia has been
handed the official registration plate:
In all countries there are regulations for
the approval of vehicles for use on public
roads, and this is subject to an official
approvals process. Approval is documented
with the issue of an official registration
number and a certificate of registration.
Historic moment
"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," was Nunzio La Vecchia's
delighted comment on this important step
in the development of the company, adding:
“Today we have put the product of 14 years'
hard development work on the road.”
Visionary technology
In describing the moment as one
to celebrate, La Vecchia said: “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”
Currently the nanoFLOWCELL AG
team and its partners are working at top
speed on the homologation of the QUANT
e-Sportlimousine with nanoFLOWCELL for
series production. As La Vecchia went on to
explain: "At thecar'sworldpremiere inGeneva,
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.
Exciting new chapter
“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," states
La Vecchia, commenting on the wide
interest in the innovative drive technology
represented by nanoFLOWCELL AG.
"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," Nunzio La Vecchia explains.
First in a New Age
"Here in Munich in particular, where
other prestigious automobile manufacturers
are advertising their electric vehicle with
delighted as pioneers to be able to present
an automobile driven by flow cell technology
on public roads, and one which achieves
not only fantastic performance values but
also zero emissions,” continued La Vecchia.
“With a projected top speed of over 350
km/h, acceleration from0-100 in 2.8 seconds,
a torque of four times 2,900 NM, a length of
over 5.25 m and a range of more than 600
km, the four-seater QUANT e-Sportlimousine
is not only a highly competitive sports car but
TIME - IN FACT TODAY')," is how La Vecchia
assesses the future possibilities of the
QUANT e-Sportlimousine, with reference to
other cars produced by German automobile
manufacturers in Bavaria.
Vital step forward
Adding his remarks to those of La
Vecchia’s, Prof. Jens-Peter Ellermann,
chairman of the board of directors at
nanoFLOWCELL AG, described the
approval of the QUANT e-Sportlimousine
as a vital step forward for nanoFLOWCELL
AG. As he said: “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 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.
“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
Enerpulse forms partnership
Jul 18, 2014
Provider of products to the automotive
OEM market, Enerpulse Technologies
has announced an agreement with MAE
Corporation to assist the company in
securing business with automakers and Tier
1 automotive suppliers in Japan.
MAE Corporation is represented by its
president Toshi Goto (pictured right) who will
serve as a business development partner
and introduce Enerpulse Technologies'
Nano-Plasma Assisted Combustion (n-PAC™)
technology to senior Japanese automotive
"We are pleased to forge this business
development partnership with Mr. Goto
and his team of highly capable associates,"
said Joseph Gonnella (pictured left), CEO
of Enerpulse Technologies. "Since its start
in 2004, MAE Corporation has a strong
track record of building direct business
relationships with Japanese industrial
companies and helping US firms navigate
“We are confident Mr. Goto's valuable
assistance will represent a key milestone in
executing our commercial strategy in Japan."
Sound technology
automakers need outside technology to
meet strengthening global fuel economy
and emissions regulations. MAE Corporation
has the confidence of many high-level
executives in the Japanese auto sector and
only accepts clients with sound technology
to offer."
In cooperation with MAE Corporation,
Enerpulse founder and chief technology
officer, Lou Camilli, will travel to Japan in
the fourth quarter of 2014 to meet with
Japanese automotive executives. Camilli
will explain how Enerpulse's nano-Plasma
Assisted Combustion (n-PAC™) improves
fuel economy, reduces tailpipe emissions
and increases vehicle performance – a
revolutionary feature unattainable by
conventional spark plugs.
Morocco: Thenew logisticsempire
Jul 16, 2014
Morocco is aiming its sights at establishing
itself as a key logistics hub for trade
between Europe and Africa.
Morocco is transforming into a 21st century
industrial and services-based society, through
developing road networks in addition to its
deep-sea port Tanger Med. Growth is already
showing, with Morocco now ranked 50th on
the Logistics Performance Index, which is an
enormous improvement from 2007 where the
country was ranked 113th.
A French logistics provider, which was
eventually acquired by DACHSER in 1999,
started Morocco’s automotive market
30 years ago. Before this, the Moroccan
economy consisted of agriculture, tourism,
mining and processing industries.
Morocco’s economy did then come under
however once the Association Agreement with
the EU was signed in 1996 and took effect
in 2000, Morocco’s transformation from an
agricultural-industrial base to a 21st century
society, grounded in an automotive industry.
Presently,Moroccohasattracteda lotmore
foreign direct investment. Newly established
companies in the automotive supply and
aviation industries have been successfully
settling in. These are all developments that
DACHSER helped shape logistically.
For the future, Daniel Lucas, member of
management at DACHSER France, expects
freight volume for DACHSERMorocco to keep
on growing. “Since Azkar officially became
part of the DACHSER family, we have been
anticipating extensive flows of goods to and
from Spain. Indeed, Morocco is one of Spain’s
most important partners in trade.”
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