I guess we can take the Quant off the table (if it wasn’t already)

We examined the NLV Solar Quant. Later, we took a closer look at the car and it’s owner and figured it probably wasn’t a starter in the near future.
Now, I guess maybe we can call it official, at least where Koenigsegg (and maybe Saab) is concerned.
4Wheels News are reporting that Koenigsegg has made an announcement confirming that the Quant is purely NLV Solar’s baby, and that it’s role in designing and constructing the prototype seen in Geneva earlier this year is the full extent of their involvement.
The report is unsourced and unattributed and dated July 8. My dodgy hotel internet connection won’t load up K-Segg’s site to see if there’s an official release, but here’s what 4Wheels News have to say:

The press release reads: “The NLV Quant program was initiated and is wholly owned by NLV-Solar AG in Switzerland. The Quant is not a Koenigsegg Automotive car and was never intended to be.” Koenigsegg enumerates that its contributions include the body and interior design, chassis conceptualization, and a feasibility study for low volume production. While NLV-Solar AG’s responsibilities include the photovoltaic and electrical accumulator storage system, as well as owning and driving the whole project. Having completed its agreed contributions to the program, Koenigsegg added that if NLV sees a need then it may consider rejoining the venture.

I’ll keep hunting around for some more official looking news……
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Thanks Radulf!

The curious case of the Koenigsegg NLV Solar Quant

Nunzio.jpg This is another long post – please be patient – there’s music at the end!!
It’s also one of those strange posts. I’ve actually had quite a difficult time putting it together, figuring out exactly what line to take.
On one hand, there’s a troublesome report about the NLV Quant and the owner/founder/muse behind NLV – and on the other hand, there’s the unknown possibility of the car actually being viable.
And quite aside from all that, there’s the downright curious and fascinatingly grooooooooovy.
What it all adds up to is yet another call for someone from the Koenigsegg Group to stand up and talk about their resources and plans.
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The troublesome report
The troublesome report comes from a Swiss journal called WOZ, which I’m told is a reliable publication with a slightly left-wing tilt to it. This story certainly seems to be well researched and written and poses some serious questions, especially if the development of the Quant is a pillar of Koenigsegg’s bid and application for EIB loans (though personally, I think it’s Koenigsegg’s relationship with Cargine that’s more relevant in this context).
The report in written in German, so you can do a Googletrans yourself, read the original or just peruse my summary points, below.
One thing I should fill you in on, right from the beginning, is that the NLV in the company name NLV Solar AG, stands for Dr. Nunzio La Vecchia (the “Dr” title is written in the article, though I don’t see it on the NLV Solar website or his personal site. It is used on a site from another of his businesses: Juno Technology Products).
The report claims…..

  • The Quant plan was a considerable part of Koenigsegg getting the nod to purchase Saab. Part of K-Segg’s appeal was their capacity to innovate and bring new environmental technologies, which the author takes as referring to the Quant.
  • That La Vecchia claims a PhD, though he refuses to disclose where he obtained it.
  • He’s 44, of Italian immigrant descent and quite loaded with money (more below).

One of the most curious bits, if I’m translating this correctly, is that whilst all his technology stuff appears quite brilliant, and whilst he’s got the house(s) and car(s) that display astute business acumen – no-one in scientific circles there seems to recognise him or give his theories credence. Again, this is my interpretation of an internet translation, so I might be wrong there.
The dot points continue….

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Koenigsegg want Saab to build Swiss solar cars – report

Could we really all be driving Swiss solar-cell cars in just a few years time? Revolutionary vehicles that would be built in Saab’s factory in Trollhattan?
It sounds like fantasy, but Swedish news service Readtid.se published an article over the weekend, based on sources apparently familiar with Koenigsegg’s intentions.
Those intentions, in summary, are the acquisition of Saab’s manufactuing ability in order to produce a production version of the NLV Quant concept car that they showed at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.
The following is an edited and shortened Googletrans
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Swiss environmental behind Koenigsegg-business
Small sports car manufacturer Koenigsegg’s purpose behind buying Saab Automobile is to get [access to] Saab’s factory to build electric cars, with the Swiss company NLV Solar AG.
It is a committed source who tells us about the plans.
Why do you think Koenigsegg wants to buy Saab Automobile?
– No one has been viewing the links to Swiss NLV Solar AG and future cars, electric cars, where of course Koenigsegg designed “Quant-Car NLV who actually owns the right to,” says the source.
– You need a car plant to produce car series, that is, especially with government guarantees.
– It is expensive to build the factory. Compare with electric car manufacturer Tesla needs of government loans in the U.S. to build its cars in California.
– So why not buy a factory cheap?
Koenigseggs main shareholders are the Norwegian Bård Eker. Founder and CEO is Christian von Koenigsegg.
The source stresses that none of them ever spend any of their own money.
– They are more economical than Kronblom and Kamprad together.
– The money comes from someone else with an interest in buying the car plant, not Saab’s abysmal production.
– To look at the plants, ie plant and its value for a new type of production, “says the source………
…….Saab had a production volume of 130,000 cars in 2006, and Koenigseggs goal under the business plan is that level is again to be attained in 2011, before rebounding to 150,000 cars per year.
Here are the Saab cars that will be produced under the business plan :
• Saab 9-3: Trollhättan
• Saab 9-4X (a new model): Mexico
• Saab 9-5: Trollhättan
However, the question is what it will be with the models of Trollhättan factory used to manufacture Quant.
Paul Åkerlund Metall is the union representative on the Saab, and believes that the Koenigsegg and the grouping around them has enough capital to deal with Saab.
– The existence of economic muscles in the picture, it’s probably my opinion, he said in the News.
American venture capitalists or other financiers can be included in a grouping that supports Koenigsegg in Saab-buying as the News of the speech, and the financiers are likely to have a short-term interest in being with and invest in Saab.
– I believe that these investors think that venture capital investors, “said Christer Karlsson bilprofessorn in News.
– They intend to another business to come. It may be merging with another. It may be to sell Saab to something else.
– But I can not believe that the main option is to continue to operate bilverksamhet, and in any case not integrated with Koenigsegg, because there is no point to it……

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I’m really not sure about this.
The questions you’ve got to ask are:

  • Is this solar technology really at a production-ready stage for use in an automotive application?
  • Is the battery technology even available for this sort of automotive application?

I didn’t keep much of an eye on the Quant or the reception it received at the Geneva show.
It was presented by a guy who’s name I didn’t catch (I’ll call him Young Elvis) and the initial reaction paralelled my own thoughts: this is one of those futuristic cars that’s more of a design study and a 10-years-time tech expo.
This story from Realtid seems to suggest they’re serious about producing it in just a few years time.
This wouldn’t be a bad thing for Saab, per se. It’s just a little unexpected and the far-out nature of it all makes me wonder how realistic the possibility is.

Koenigsegg Quant solar vehicle concept

I’m adding this to the page as I will want to talk about it later and need something in the archive to refer to.
Regardless of my needs, though, have a read through this because this could be one of the reasons why Koenigsegg are so interested in Saab and what they’ve got to offer.
Can you see this with a Saab badge?
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The NLV Quant – By Koenigsegg
Swedish supercar marque Koenigsegg and NLV Solar AG, a pioneer in photovoltaics and accumulator technology, have joined forces to create the Quant. The brainchild of this marriage of power and energy is a four-seater solar electric car. A full-scale model is to be unveiled at the 2009 Geneva Salon, with the two companies currently working on running prototypes to scale up for series production.
Two companies, one vision
The project was born when NLV Solar AG commissioned the environmentally aware Swedish supercar manufacturer Koenigsegg to develop and design a “car of the future”, incorporating NLV Solar’s groundbreaking, proprietary technology in the felds of photovoltaics and accumulators.
In 2008, the two companies signed a co-operation agreement to create a test vehicle for a unique propulsion system which makes optimum use of
the solar technologies developed by NLV Solar AG, allied with an innovative accumulator unit. The groundbreaking thin-flm solar-cell coating is being implemented in one of Koenigsegg’s signature avant-garde designs.
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Groundbreaking technology
The advances in electric power generation and storage, combined with the aerodynamic, futuristic Koenigsegg design and engineering, will enable the NLV Quant to charge the FAES(Flow Accumulator Energy Storage) to full capacity in 20 minutes and give the vehicle a range of 500 kilometres. The additional power input from the invisible, thin-flm photovoltaic coating that covers the body of the car, further increases the range potential.
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The revolutionary solar and FAES systems enable the design of a fully electrical vehicle, rather than relying on more commonplace hybrid solutions. This also simplifes the drive train layout and packaging, as only one propulsion system is needed.

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