The supercar that runs on saltwater

The Quant e-Sportlimousine can do 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 380km/h – and it’s legal to drive on European roads.

Peter Iantorno September 23, 2014

With the whole world acutely aware of the drastic need for widespread use of renewable energy in transport instead of the old fossil fuel-burning cars, more and more companies are stepping up their research and development in order to provide feasible alternatives.

One such alternative - although we're not sure quite how accessible this will be to the masses - is the Quant e-Sportlimousine, which, according to Lichtenstein-based makers NanoFlowcell, can run on saltwater and is capable of producing speeds you'd expect from a top-end petrol-powered supercar.

With a top speed of 380 km/h and a hair-raising 0-100km/h time of just 2.8 seconds, the Sportlimousine has McLaren P1-rivalling specs. The miraculous machine uses something called flow-cell technology to harness its power from the saltwater.

In short, it works like a combination of a battery and a fuel cell using liquid electrolyte, which is kept in two tanks and pumped through the cell. At the heart of the system is a membrane that separates two differing chemistries, and a controlled exchange of charges releases energy for the electric power train.

For those without a chemistry degree, that basically means it converts the saltwater into an electric charge, which is more than enough to power its 2,300kg heft to phenomenal speeds.

The car actually made its debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March, but it received a major boost this month as it has now been certified for use on European roads.

There's no word as yet on an expected release date or price, but it looks likely that one could cost anywhere up to $2 million. The concept is set for extensive testing next year, after which time we'll have a better idea if we're likely to be seeing it fly down the fast lane of Sheikh Zayed Road any time soon.

Details: visit Nanoflowcell.com/en