Did you know that there is a sports car that runs on salty water as fuel mechanism? Nanoflowcell AG, a German based automobile company launched its prototype car in 2014 during the Geneva Motor Show. It was amazing to many spectators due to its saltwater-filled flow battery.
It is known as the Quant e-Sportlimousine that was build after thorough research thorough research was conducted. This research shows that liquid flow batteries might be used in the future, but there was still doubt of the cars prospects.
The founder of the company, Nunzio La Vecchia assured the public that the Quant car was fit enough to drive on European roads.
Since then, the Quant e-Sport limousine has seen approval for European roads travel but there have comparisons with the electric driven Model S. car from Tesla Motors.
This type of car has four motors for each wheel and its power is generated from filtration of iron from salty water. Electrolyte fluid are carried in two tanks alienated by a membrane and approximately 200-litre each.
The Quant e-Sport limousine goes for about 670 miles after a single charge an acceleration of 60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds, compared to 4.2 seconds of the Tesla Model. This acceleration is perfect for any ideal car and no one can deny that.
The company has adopted a power storage mechanism where flow battery power is used. Nanoflowcell technology takes advantage of 5 times storage capacity than the normal lithium-ion batteries. This makes it a prime car for use. This high ionic charge gives the car ability to have a high driving range estimate.
Compared to other power options, a liter of the electrolyte contains about 400 times more energy than the normal lead acid battery and that makes it a more convenient means of energy.
Things You Need to Know About the Car
- Salt water fuel
The fuel, known as bi-Ion, contains both inorganic and organic salts. This technology was first used by NASA but was dropped in 1970 due to the inefficiency of the energy density. However, Nanoflowcell through its technical officers and chemistry research lead to better results that would outweigh the lithium ion battery.
- Appropriate Technology
The power produced by this electrolyte is stored in super capacitors which are more resistant to frequent charging and use at the same time compared to the normal battery.
This energy is enough to propel any vehicle and makes necessary for the sports car. The super capacitor is small and fits perfectly in your car as it shoe sized.
It has the necessary acceleration needed for a sports car. It has the ability to accelerate up to 100 Km/h and have a subtle braking. It can easily draft mostly on corners giving the driver the necessary confidence.
The car is highly agile despite weighing about 1420 kgs. It negotiates corners easily with tight road grip and easy passage of bumps.
- Fuel storage.
The storage of this electrolyte is safer since it isn’t volatile like petrol. Petrol usually has a shelf life that the bi-Ion doesn’t have. The car is refilled using a twin-nozzle pump and takes the same time as refilling with diesel or petrol.
In the future, the Quant e-Limousine will be developed into more improved model, as it awaits patent rights. There has been increased demand of the vehicle, after it has been declared safe for use on public roads. Since then, Nanoflowcell has partnered with another company known as Bosch so as to improve its technology and produce more prototypes. It has also been approved by TUV, a great boost for its growing technology.