The Gumpert Nathalie’s Battery Source Can Be Replenished In Three Minutes!
This methanol fuel cell car delivers over 500 miles on a single chargeby Sidd Dhimaan, on
Gumpert is a German sports car manufacturer owned by Shanghai-based Aiways, and it debuted two prototypes at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. A year later, Gumpert’s revolutionary car, the Nathalie, has become a reality. The Gumpert Nathalie is the world’s first methanol fuel cell car that takes EV technology to a whole new level. The Nathalie sprints to 60 mph in under three seconds and comes with a range of over 500 miles. Insane, isn’t it?
Not A Bad or Weird Looking Car
In terms of aesthetics, the Nathalie’s silhouette looks very similar to Nissan GT-R’s. It bears quite a few differences when compared to last year’s prototype.
Up front, the slim LED headlights give it a mean, aggressive look. The low-slung car features a huge bumper that houses the air dam at the bottom and on the sides. The curves are now relatively sharper and there’s a lip, painted in blue, underneath the bumper. The prototype was made of carbon, but the production-spec Nathalie is made from a biological lightweight material like Flax.
The side profile looks clean and handsome. The sloping roofline and the two-door setup give the Nathalie a sports car look. The side skirts and the brake calipers are also painted in the same blue as the bumper lip. The wheels wear a smart design and the brake discs are clearly visible on all four corners. When compared to the front fascia and the side profile, the rear looks quite busy. The slim LED taillight bar curves upwards at the corners.
Gumpert and Nathalie badges can be seen here as well. The bottom part of the bumper features a vertical brake light, whereas the tip of the bumper wears a blue shade and runs all across the borders. Gumpert has equipped a wing spoiler as well.
This Solves All Range Anxiety Issues
The basic idea of the car is that it uses methanol to generate electricity that in turn charges the batteries. So, yes, it is an electric car, but you don’t need to plug it into a power socket at all!
The Gumpert Nathalie comes with a 17.2-gallon (65-liter) methanol tank that takes about three minutes to refill. The powertrain consists of a 15-kW Methanol fuel cell that produces hydrogen from methanol. Then the electrons are emitted into the fuel cell, which in turn produces electricity. Fill up the tank with methanol and the company claims that the car can achieve a range of 510 miles when driven at 75 mph.
In Eco Mode, you can expect to achieve a range of 745 miles. Plus, you don’t need any special lab-grade methanol for it; any commercial methanol works. Pretty impressive, right?
As for the performance specs, the Gumpter Nathalie’s powertrain churns out 536 horses and is mated to two synchronized two-speed gearboxes that send power to all four wheels.
The Nathalie can sprint to 62 mph from a standstill in just 2.5 seconds and goes all the way up to a top speed of 190 miles per hour.
|Powertrain||15 kW Methanol fuel cell|
|Range in Eco Mode||745 miles|
|0 to 62 mph||2.5 seconds|
|Top Speed||190 mph|
An electric car with a 510-mile range that can be replenished in under three minutes is just fantastic. But, is methanol commonly available everywhere? If this technology is as feasible as it sounds, we will see more of it in the coming future.
Only 500 examples of the Nathalie will be built, including the First Edition. The company hasn’t announced how the First Edition model will be different from the other Nathalies. The deliveries are set to begin from the first half of 2021, and the company has priced the model at €407,000 (approximately $452,400).