Drivers in Europe can now legally take a car out on the road that’s powered with salt water! The Quant Sportlimousine has been approved for roads in Europe, reports The Daily Mail.
The car works by using a redox flow cell, according to Nano Flow Cell, the company that makes the batteries. The technology works by liquid electrolytes circulating through two separate cells causing a “cold burning” to take place. During the process, oxidation (the loss of ions) and reduction (the gaining of ions) happen at the same time, which produces electricity to power the car. According to the Mail, the car works not unlike a hydrogen fuel cell. The big difference is that the saltwater stores the energy, which passes through a membrane in the two tanks, creating an electric charge.
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The company behind the technology claims that it can drive a vehicle 20 times farther than a conventional lead-acid batter and five times further than lithium-ion technology that’s present in most electric cars. Recharging the batter also doesn’t take hours and hours, a common problem with electric cars. The Quant can be recharged by exchanging spent electrolytes.
The car can go from 0-60 in 2.8 seconds and has an Android-based “infotainment” system, so you can be reassured that its drivers will be thoroughly distracted and they smugly zip their gas-less cars through Europe.
However, don’t get too excited. For starters, you can’t probably can’t afford it. According to the Daily Mail, the car will sell for around a million dollars. Also, fossil fuel interests probably aren’t fans of this technology, and they have ample resources to fight it.
But don’t despair. You can always make a toy version of the car. Check out the video below: