The Sports Car That Runs On Salt Water

When a recent startup called NanoFlowcell introduced the Quantino, the company’s city-car sized concept at the 2015 Geneva show, it caught the interest of the tech world.

The car has been approved for use on European roads, and gets its power from a simple sounding alternative energy system.

It has a “flow cell” made up of two 159-litre tanks, each filled with a different electrolytic liquid­ (so-called ‘bi-Ion’ saltwater) – one with a Positive charge and one with a Negative charge.  The tanks are separated by a membrane and it is the meeting and interaction of the two fluids that creates an electric charge that powers a motor.

The Quantino’s electric motor produces 136 horsepower, claimed to give it the ability to run from 0 to 100 km/h in 5 seconds and press on to a top speed of over 200 km/h.

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