The Quant e-Sportlimousine which has been approved to drive on roads throughout the European Union is ushering in a new era of innovatively designed vehicles for the modern age which is not dependent on environmentally damaging fossil fuels.
The vast majority of environmentally friendly cars released in the past few decades run on electricity, but the Quant e-Sportlimousine is different because it is powered by a most unusual source – salt water.
Many companies have tried to develop technology that allows vehicles to run on either salt water or fresh water in the past, but most have been unsuccessful. Previous attempts have involved the electrolysis of water into hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen is then used as fuel which burns the oxygen to create both energy and water. However, this method is not efficient in the slightest as it takes more energy to split the water into its constituent chemical components than is returned to the vehicle.
The developers of this new model, however, took a different approach to the use of water as a source of energy. Instead, the engineers replaced the traditional internal combustion engine that are powered by fossil fuels with an electrolyte flow cell power system. This novel engine works on nanoflowcell technology which utilises salt water to store electrolytes which are sparked into action in order to produce a fairly significant amount of electricity. According to the car manufacturers, this new form of engine has the power to generate 920 horsepower.
While the model has been on the market and cleared to drive on European roads since 2014 it has yet to break its way into the mainstream. However, as the problems created by climate change continue to become more pressing it is imagined that this sort of car will eventually enter the mainstream and even come to dominate the way vehicles are powered in the future.