by Amanda Froelich,
A German company has developed battery technology capable of charging electric car batteries with salt water.
When you take into consideration the number of intriguing innovations in development, it becomes an exciting prospect to be alive in the present era.
Sure, war and strife exist on this planet, but there are kind-hearted people and positive happenings taking place as well. It’s all about perception, and how you choose to look at the contrast.
If you need a reason to get excited about being alive today, look no further than this sleek sports car which is capable of running on salt water.
In 2014, the German company Quant unveiled its e-Sportlimousine concept car at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The car certainly turned heads and intrigued many minds, but people were quite skeptical of the company’s ambitions.
Until March of 2015, when Quant revealed its second version, dubbed Quant F.
The super-sleek design of the car makes it super competitive with sports cars and electric cars, but there’s something about Quant’s car that sets it apart from all the others – including Tesla’s Model S…
Reports Quartz, the e-Sportlimouisine clocks a top speed of 218 mph, which is on par with a McLaren P1. It also delivers an average projected range of 310 miles, higher than any of Tesla’s Model S’s estimated 260-mile range.
In addition – and this is why you’re likely reading this article, “the technology offers five times the energy capacity of lithium-ion batteries of the same weight.”
According to Discovery, to be technically correct, salt water is used as a storage medium rather than a fuel. With four electric motors and two 50-gallon water storage tanks, the car is powered by electrically charging ionic liquid – salt water – to store energy. This improve efficiency and allows for a higher range than conventional electric car batteries.
Reports Collective Evolution:
Saltwater “passes through a membrane in between the two tanks, creating an electric charge. This electricity is then stored and distributed by super capacitors. The four electric motors in the car are fed electricity which makes it run.”
Flow cell batteries are said to be safer, lighter, and easier to recharge than lithium-ion ones.
And guess what? This technology isn’t just limited to automobiles.
Said Professor Jens-Peter Ellermann, NanoFlowcell AG Chairman of the Board:
“We’ve got major plans…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.”
Last September, the Quant cars were approved for testing on public roads. With this green light, the company plants to begin mass producing the cars, though no specific release dates have yet been listed.
There are some flaws with sustainability and refueling, however, which critics have been quick to point out.
Steven Novella who wrote The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe remarked:
“While the nanoflowcell is an interesting approach, and we may see cars with this type of battery in production in the future, this technology is not a solution to our energy needs. The salt water electrolyte fluids are not fuel. They are not a source of energy. They are simply an energy storage medium, just like any battery. And that energy has to come from somewhere.”
Not to mention, when you put an amazing saltwater battery into a sports car, you’re looking at a price tag of about $1.7 million if it ever hits the market. Tesla’s Model S luxury electric car ranges from $70,000 to $95,000.
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