Finally A Car That Runs On… Salt Water?

“Imagine a car that runs on the most essential of liquids: saltwater.”
– Marketing advertisement

In this topsy-turvy world where naive and misinformed global warming alarmists blame us, hapless consumers who have been forced for decades by powerful Big Auto companies to fuel our vehicles with carbon-emitting petroleum products, finally a ray of hope has pierced the veil of doom and gloom.

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If you’re filthy rich, that is.

The high-priced Quant e-Sportlimousine won European Union approval in 2014 – and it runs on saltwater! Furthermore, it’s drop-dead gorgeous.

Rather than rely on eco-friendlier electricity or hydrogen cells to power the engine, this baby features a combustion system based on oil with an electrolyte cell power system invented by Swiss company nanoFLOWCELL whose motto is, “From Vague Idea to Innovation.” Sweeeet. These engineers focus on providing energy storage solutions, much needed in the transportation sector.

A flow cell or redox (from reduction-oxidation) battery “is a type of electrochemical cell where chemical energy is provided by two chemical components dissolved in liquids contained within the system and separated by a membrane. Ion exchange (accompanied by flow of electric current) occurs through the membrane while both liquids circulate in their own respective space. Cell voltage is chemically determined…[and ranges] from 1.0 to 2.2 volts.”

In a nutshell, a flow battery uses electrolyte fluids to generate electricity from chemical compounds. Liquid passing through a membrane between the two tanks produces an electric charge. This technology can be used as a rechargeable battery whose fuel is regeneration is driven by an electric power source.

nanoFlowcell claims to have developed the first flowcell compact enough for use in electric cars. Its branded nanoFlowcell battery was first featured in the Quant E, Quant F, and Quantino prototype vehicles. The nanoFLOWCELL works exactly like a hydrogen fuel cell but it uses saltwater rather than hydrogen as fuel.

The electricity generated by the nanoFLOWCELL is then stored and distributed by supercapacitors. Four batteries utilize this electricity to power the car. The technology reportedly provides five times the energy capacity of lithium-ion batteries of the same weight.

The Swiss innovators also say that the electrolyte used in the nanoFlowcell is non-toxic and environmentally friendly – unlike the electrolytes in vanadium flow batteries or polysulfide bromide flow batteries. The company further maintains that its electrolyte packs an energy density of 600 Wh (watthour) per liter – about a U.S. quart – which is ten times more energy density compared to regular redox flow cells.

nanoFlowcell claims that production cost for its “non-flammable and non-explosive” ionic liquid electrolyte is below 10 cents per quart.

The Quant e-Sportlimousine delivers 920 hp (horsepower, the power that a horse exerts in pulling, equal in the U.S. to 746 watts). Compare that to the 2011 Tesla 2.5 Sport – the original Tesla Roadster – that produced a measly 288 hp. Horsepower stats for the upcoming 2020 Tesla roadster are not currently available. The Porsche Turbo S model is rated for 750 hp – but it runs on premium gasoline.

Top speed is 217.5 mph – equal to a McLaren P1 – and this sporty 4-seater gets 373 miles/tank from its two 200-liter tanks. The Quant e-Sportlimousine promises to surge forward – quietly – from 0-100 km/hr (0-62 mph) in 2 seconds with an operating voltage of 600V.

The new saltwater vehicle comes with torque vectoring where a differential transfers engine torque to the wheels and can vary the torque to each wheel.

The chassis, painted a beautiful “Crystal Lake Blue,” measures just over 17ft (5.25 meters) long and just over 7ft (2.2 meters wide). Each 22-inch wheel is mounted directly below the paired gull-wing doors.

The interior full-length interactive dashboard has pleasing wood-theme features and is equipped with an Android-based entertainment system.

The saline-fueled car isn’t quite ready to roll off assembly lines. Neither sale price nor date has been released but some experts say this electric car that runs on saltwater could cost more than US$1.7 million.

But this marketing video clearly demonstrates that the Quant e-Sportlimousine with nanoFLOWCELL drive targets wealthy men seeking the ideal brag-worthy boy toy with ecological benefits built-in. Check out the dark suits who encircle the car at the end of the promo: PRICELESS!

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