If there’s one thing that everyone can agree on, it is that gas is expensive. I’ll admit that I’ve used the ol’ gas gripe as an icebreaker when I have to meet new people, “Holy cow, do you remember when gas hit one dollar and everyone thought that was high?!?” you know, that kind of stuff. I don’t make a very good first impression, I’m aware. In response to the growing cost of oil, and the environmental consequences of drilling and burning it, car manufacturers have finally started investing in alternative fuel sources.
While it has become more common to see these alternative fuel vehicles on the street, there are very few that elicit much excitement. It seems that every home now owns a hybrid of some kind, and that’s great for the average housewife. There are a number of manufacturers producing completely electric vehicles, but they’re generally boring (with the exception of the Fiskar Karma and the Teslas) and the range still leaves something to be desired.
Welcome in the Quant e-Sportlimousine, the 14-years-in-the-making saltwater powered car. This thing isn’t playing around. Let’s get to the part you care about first, the guts. Nanoflowcell designed the beauty that is capable of a top speed around 217 miles per hour, and can get from 0-60 in just under 2.8 seconds. It can also travel up to 370 miles on two 50-gallon tanks full of the saltwater solution. Pretty impressive four-seater, if you ask me. Not to mention it just looks cool. Really cool. While most people aren’t in the market for a supercar, the prospects for the technology are promising.
According to the company, here’s how it works. Two liquids containing metallic salts are combined to create an electrochemical reaction. The solutions are then pumped through a fuel cell containing anode and cathode electrodes, thus creating electricity that is sent to the super capacitors in the car. See, it’s just that simple.
While we can’t go out and buy the car today, it has been approved for road testing in Germany. Now we can just wait impatiently for the news to come out that they will begin producing the Quant e-Sportlimousine for the consuming public. And we can keep our fingers crossed that it won’t carry a six-figure pricetag (on second thought, don’t cross your fingers that long, you might hurt yourself). Check out the pictures and videos of the only saltwater-powered supercar below, and let us know what you think.