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Saltwater-powered sports car approved for EU roads



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An environmentally-friendly sports car powered by saltwater has been approved for testing on EU roads.

Its developers say the four-seater Quant e-Sportlimousine can reach 0-60 mph (100 km/h) in 2.8 seconds, powered by a system that works in a similar way to hydrogen fuel cells – with the fuel source substituted for saltwater.

The liquid is channelled through a membrane in between two tanks, creating an electric charge that is stored and distributed by super capacitors. As a result, the super-powered car creates no emissions.  

NanoFlowcell AG, the designers of saltwater system, say the technology has applications beyond sustainable transport.

“We’ve got major plans, and not just within the automobile industry,” said chairman Prof Jens-Peter Ellermann.

“The potential of the NanoFlowcell is much greater, especially in terms of domestic energy supplies as well as in maritime, rail and aviation technology. The NanoFlowcell offers a wide range of applications as a sustainable, low cost and environmentally-friendly source of energy.” 

Chief technical officer Nunzio La Vecchia added, “Now that the automobile has been approved for use on public roads in Germany and Europe we can enter into detailed planning with our partners, adding an exciting new chapter to the future of electro-mobility.”

The Quant e-Sportlimousine is not yet on sale, and no price has been announced, but experts estimate it could cost more than £1 million.

Photo: MODE™ Magazines via Twitter

 

Further reading:

Blue & Green’s top 10 electric cars: #7 Renault Zoe

Blue & Green’s top 10 electric cars: #6 Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive

Chinese government asks citizens to use sustainable transport to battle pollution

Global sales of electric cars expected to grow rapidly to 1.8 million by 2023

Electric vehicles in UK could reach 5 million with right polices, says National Grid 


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