Next generation electric cars might run on saltwater-filled batteries. A sleek and sophisticated looking new European roadster called the Quant e-Sportlimousine is powered by a saltwater-filled battery.
The Quant’s manufacturer, NanoFlowCell AG, claims the vehicle can go from 0 to 62 miles an hour in 2.8 seconds, reaching a top seed of 217 miles per hour. They also claim that the vehicle has a range of 370 miles on a charge. It that’s true, NanoFlow could give Tesla a serious run for its money.
NanoFlow uses a flow battery that uses water-based liquids to store electricity, rather than a sold battery. It sounds like an old fashioned technology, but it could be a lot cheaper than Tesla’s lithium ion batteries.
Quant might have a deep-pocketed corporate benefactor. General Electric has expressed interest in these flow batteries. GE wants to use the flow batteries to develop backup electricity storage for homes and businesses.
There’s no word on whether any large carmakers are interested in Quant’s technology yet or not, but it has been approved for road use in the European Union. The Quant is apparently built in Germany, but its corporate headquarters is in the tiny principality of Lichtenstein.
The Sportlimousine had its premiere at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show. It has received some fans, including the Prince of Monaco, who visited it at an auto show in Monte Carlo.
The Quant is not the only vehicle with a next generation power source making waves out there. Toyota has announced that its hydrogen powered fuel cell Sedan will go on sale before 2015.
The same vehicle is supposed to appear at dealerships in the United States and Europe in the summer of 2015. Toyota is also developing a number of fuel cell powered vehicles, including a forklift and fuel cell powered bus. Toyota’s website also shows a picture of a household fuel cell system.
The company is also developing networks of hydrogen filling stations for fuel cell vehicles in Japan and California. It looks like the fuel cell revolution has begun.