Meet the Quant e-Sportlimousine. Certified for people to drive on roads in Europe a couple years ago, people say this is a sign the “energy war” is being lost by the corporations who control oil.
As regular vehicles are equipped with internal combustion engines that run on gasoline, this Quant e-Sportlimousine is equipped with an electrolyte flow cell power system with the power to generate an incredible 920 horsepower (680 kW).
The salt water powered vehicle can drive from zero to 62 miles per hour (100 km/h) in 2.8 seconds with a top speed of 217.5 mph (350 km/h). It was produced by a German company called Quant, with NanoFlowcell of Switzerland.
Apparently this electrolyte flow cell system and similar alternative energy technologies are becoming more mainstream. Companies such as NanoFlowcell of Switzerland are pioneering this, as they were the first to develop a mobile flow battery with a small enough size to be used in electric cars.
According to QZ:
“When a months-old company called NanoFlowcell AG showed up at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2014, debuting its prototype for a “supercar” powered by saltwater-filled flow battery, onlookers appeared intrigued but skeptical.”
Being skeptical is necessary. However, the car doesn’t simply run on salt water like gasoline, but as summarized by the Skeptics Guide:
“There have been previous claims for engines that can run on salt water or fresh water. These claims are usually based on the electrolysis of water into hydrogen and oxygen, then using that hydrogen as fuel, burning it back with oxygen to make energy and water. The problem with using electrolysis of water as fuel is thermodynamics – it has to take more energy to split the water in the first place then you can possibly get back by burning the hydrogen back with the oxygen.
The QUANT e, however, does not use this method. Rather, it uses nanoflowcell technology. This is essentially a battery that uses salt water solutions to store electrolytes that can undergo reactions to produce electricity.”
People are still excitedly talking about this.
The vehicle received its debut in 2014, but where is the future of this type of vehicle at now? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.