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Today, diesel vehicles are considered as the worst evils when it comes to pollution in the cities due to their emissions, Although many governments have made incentives to promote the purchase of an electric car Bevs are still out of reach for many people on the working class.
However, Quantino made a 0 emissions answer for the future, a car that completed more than 150k km on the road only using salt water as it´s main energy source without any issues.
How it works?
Built on Sweden NanoFlowcell, an experimental brand which currently is experimenting with, this new technology which is virtually identical to a fuel cell, but instead, it works with saltwater instead of hydrogen Vehicles driven by this technology operate just like conventional electric vehicles and, at the same time like traditional ICE cars... how?
The fundamental concept of an electric vehicle is retained, only the energy source changes. Instead of a bulky and heavy lithium-ion battery pack, we count with a shoebox-sized nanoFlowcell and two fuel tanks containing around 150 liters of bi-ION electrolyte liquid, just like we would have on a traditional car.
The Quantino would work just like a vehicle with a regular combustion engine, the nanoFlowcell needs fuel. In this case, it takes the form of electrolytes - positive and negatively charged electrolyte liquids that react inside the nanoFlowcell and release electricity. In contrast to conventional fuels like petrol, diesel or gas, the bi-ION electrolyte liquid is neither explosive nor flammable and it is not harmful neither to health nor the environment. The spent liquid is atomized while driving and does not represent a risk to health or the environment. The tank of a nanoFlowcell electric vehicle empties while driving, and can be refilled in similar fashion to a vehicle with an internal combustion engine.
¿What we can expect?
Although many people just say "Build water pumping stations" Existing fuel station networks can be converted for pumping saltwater into the cars without the needs of complicated equipment, salt water can also be distributed like conventional petrol via tankers or existing pipelines to where it needs to go.
The good thing about saltwater powered cars its that they would not replace fuel stations and leave people on the streets, instead they would help keep many jobs in the future keeping the economy flowing as well, Today's existing fuel-station infrastructure would thus become usable for electric mobility without affecting many jobs.
As things stand currently a domestic charging station can cost between 500€ and 2,500€ Added to that we have proportionate costs of 250€ to 1.000€ per electric vehicle attributable to public charging stations. (Electric charging stations aren´t free anymore) The entire electric infrastructure per electric vehicle thus stands at 750€ to 3.500€.
Although Bev defenders say that the more Bevs we have on the roads the lower the costs of building electric infraestructure this only rings true to a certain extent because the local electricity supply network would also have to be expanded to keep pace with the increasing electricity consumption from cars, businesses... If an entire apartment block were to plug its electric cars into charging stations every evening, the current grid we count with on Europe would be easily overwhelmed, and Nobody likes blackouts when they only want to rest after work right?