On-line World Premiere of "Made In Germany" Methanol Fuel Cell Car ... and it's Beautiful! +VIDEO
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Start of production for "Nathalie," the first series model with a methanol fuel cell
INGOLSTADT - May 15th, 2020: It is a turning point in electric mobility. Today, the "Roland Gumpert" sports car brand, under the leadership of the CEO, engineer and chief developer Roland Gumpert, presents the first series model of the Roland Gumpert Nathalie with a hydrogen/electricity-producing methanol fuel cell.
"It was my idea of an electric car that would not stop when the battery was empty. Today we present the world's first series-production vehicle with a methanol fuel cell that is independent of charging stations or special hydrogen filling stations," says CEO Roland Gumpert.
In the evolution to the production model, many characteristic points were worked on compared to the prototype version presented last year. The most striking feature are the doors, which are designed as "scissor doors" - common in cars in this class of super sports coupes with purebred sports car genes.
"The further development from the show car to the series production gives the designer the opportunity to question his own creation, to develop unique and important elements and to harmonize the aesthetics of the entire design. When developing the series design of the Nathalie, technical constraints helped to refine the proportions of the vehicle and to sharpen the front and side lines. The vehicle has grown in exactly the right places. “A perfect interplay of design and technology," says Lorenz Loew, chief designer at Ideenion, who designs for the exclusive sports car brand.
Overall, this design further demonstrates the technological leadership of Roland Gumpert vehicles
The use of lightweight biological materials such as flax is particularly progressive. The "First Edition" is different from the previous carbon outer skin prototype range, up to 50% of flax is used.
The currently presented series version has a 15 kW methanol fuel cell that continuously generates hydrogen from methanol and thus generates electricity. This enables city trips and trips on country roads almost without using the backup battery. The energy capacity of the overall system consisting of methanol power cell with 65l tank and buffer battery is 190 kWh.
The vehicle is refueled like conventional cars in three minutes with the simplest infrastructure. The acceleration from 0-100 is 2.5 seconds with a top speed of 300 km/h thanks to two synchronized 2-speed gearboxes.
Typically for Roland Gumpert, this vehicle is of course ready for the racetrack. A FIA-compliant space frame with roll cage and the 4-wheel drive system ensure the necessary performance.
The vehicle can be refueled with commercially available methanol. The supply is free of charge for customers in the first year after delivery. An overnight delivery service has been installed for the exclusive customer base in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and is currently being expanded across Europe. The regions of North America and the Middle East are currently being developed as well. Organization and sales are carried out by the field marketing specialist FMS as part of the internationally operating Advantage Smollan Group.
The Nathalie "First Edition" is a special edition on the occasion of the product launch. The lavish special equipment and special paintwork of this edition is included in the basic price for this first series. The vehicles come on the market worldwide at a price of € 407,000. The "First Edition" is strictly limited within the Nathalie series. Overall, the Roland Gumpert "Nathalie" is limited to a maximum of 500 vehicles including the "First Edition" for the global market. The first vehicles will be available from the first half of 2021.
The Roland Gumpert brand
As an engineer, developer and CEO, Roland Gumpert has been developing pioneering automobiles for many decades. From the rally success and the development of the all-wheel drive of the Audi Quattro rally vehicle to the GUMPERT apollo super sports car to today's Roland Gumpert Nathalie. The vehicles are manufactured in Ingolstadt at Gumpert Aiways Automobile GmbH according to the Roland Gumpert motto "PURE GERMAN SPEED made in Germany".