It sounds like something from a sci-fi movie, a car that can run on nothing but salt water. And not only that, but it does it in style. The first version of the 4 seater Quant e-Sportlimousine has 920 horsepower (680 kW). It can go from 0-60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds. It has a top speed of a whopping 217 miles per hour, and best of all it has just been approved for use in Europe!
The price tag has not yet been unveiled, but it is expected that it will cost in the region of $1.5 million to purchase. Especially as the second version of the vehicle, discussed below, (the Quant F) is expected to be even better.
This news is very exciting, as it would massively reduce our dependancy on fossil fuels. Using water as a fuel is a clean and green technology, and as such is a real threat to the oil and gas industries. Cars that run on water are not actually a new invention, there have been others in the past, but most have slowly gone away. So what makes this one different?
The concept is similar to the hydrogen fuel cell, but the liquid used is salt water. The salt water passes through a membrane in two tanks, creating an electrical charge. The electricity created is stored by a ‘super capacitor’. The electricity is fed into 4 motors inside the car, which carries two 200 litre tanks. The car can travel for 600 km in a single journey.
So it doesn’t exactly run on salt water, it uses tanks (batteries) of charged electrolyte fluids (which is salt water) to store potential energy with enhanced efficiency. You can hear a description on the video below.
The potential for the NanoFlowcell technology could change the way we look at energy across the board. Salt-water cars are really just the beginning.
“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” ~ NanoFlowcell AG Chairman of the Board Professor Jens-Peter Ellermann.
Despite all of the alternative-fuel inventions that have been and gone, it seems that the Quant e-Sportlimousine could really be onto something.
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