Hook: Gumpert AIWAYS is changing the electric car game with the Nathalie EV. Instead of a battery, it will be primarily powered by methanol.
Gumpert Nathalie EV Uses Methanol To Run
A new generation of cars is here, and there’s no stopping it! Even small automakers are getting in on it. But with the abundance of players on the market, it can be tough to get noticed. When you go unnoticed, your time on the market may be short-lived. But Gumpert Aiways’s Nathalie EV knows what to do to get all eyes on it. This fully electric car does not run on a battery but uses methanol.
The Nathalie EV converts hydrogen to electricity with a methanol fuel cell. The battery present in the car does not work the same way it does on other EVs. Instead, it acts as a buffer between the four motors and the fuel cell. This battery sends more electricity to give more power to the wheels if the driver feels like the fuel cell isn’t enough. According to the company, the battery is not needed for driving long distances or on city streets.
Former Audi Sport director and current Gumpert AIWAYS CEO, Roland Gumpert, wanted an electric car that had power and torque that didn’t hassle drivers with charging and all the delays it came with it, like looking for a place to plug-in the car.
Gumpert’s experience in Audi’s Quattro development proved beneficial to the development of this EV. With two sources of electric power for the motors, the Nathalie Ev can give off 536 horsepower and 730 pound-feet of torque. Added to that, it will have an all-wheel-drive, and each wheel will have its own motor.
The company claims that this EV has a range of 510 miles. Also, it is said to go from 0 mph to 62 mph in just 2.5 seconds and has a top speed of 184 mph. The automaker also adds that it can refuel in only three minutes, making the process fairly quick. The problem is looking for a place to refuel. For one, the hydrogen infrastructure is not as big as manufacturers would like. Plus, methanol fuel isn’t big in the market yet, so it’s going to be hard to come by.
The Nathalie EV has a few design similarities to the Nissan GT-R than the Lamborghini Aventador. It has a carbon chassis and a roll cage that can prove impressive on the streets and also the track.
To answer the problem, the company plans on putting some gas stations that supply methanol in the places where the vehicle will be available. Switzerland already some stations built while Germany, Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg are part of the initial plan. For people living out of city limits, there will be an overnight delivery service to supply the methanol fuel. These will all be free for the first year of ownership.
The Nathalie EV will be considered rare and limited, with only 500 units to be produced. Plus, it will more or less cost $460,000. The Nathalie 1st Edition will officially debut on March 18 this year.