Times are changing, as the newest luxury sports car in Europe is not run on petrol or diesel, but salt water.
The car industry has seen changes towards more environmentally friendly models in recent years. However this is the first time we have seen such a powerful car run on so little!
The Quant e-Sportlimousine has been developed by German company Quant along with Swiss company NanoFlowcell.
Some of the main worries people have with eco-cars is that they are not as powerful or as fast as regular cars. But this model blows that idea out of the water. The Quant e-Sportlimousine has a huge 920 horsepower (680 kW) and can go from 0 62 miles per hour (100 km/h) in 2.8 seconds with a top speed of 217.5 mph (350 km/h).
With non-renewable fuel sources running out, there will no doubt be many more cars like this one coming through the ranks in years to come.
Instead of an internal combustion engine, this car is run using an ‘electrolyte flow cell system’.
“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.”
In the past, there have been claims and even prototype cars which claim to run on water alone. None made it to the stage that the Quant e-Sportlimousine has achieved.
The Skeptics Guide have reported:
“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.”
The Quant-e has yet to take the car market by storm, despite having one of the best eco-credentials of any car we have seen recently. We can’t wait for this type of technology to be applied to regular, everyday cars. Taking a long trip without ever having to stop for gas sounds perfect to us.