In the battle for the innovation of zero emission cars often particulars with tools and a farm barn or private companies with a thousand tools and installations at their disposal come with any kind of solution, Using batteries, Pedals, Hybrid systems... there are thousand innovations it comes to create clean mobility looking towards the future but today I couldn`t help but notice this certainly curious "electric" car that works nothing more and nothing less than sea water! In my opinion a car that can surely deliver a lot when it comes to the mobility of the future.
It`s name is Quantino and it is a electric car that stands out for the technology that powers it alone, Based on flow cell batteries this car uses a saltwater storage system that can reach up to 700L of capacity (split in two 350L tanks) which circulate through a membrane whose mission is to generate enough electric power to power the electric sports car.
At the moment the Quantino is on testing phase but it has already traveled more than 350,000 kilometers with salt water powering all of it`s four electric motors. Its creators have stated that "it has already demonstrated its viability and reliability, and this electric model aims to become a real solution to the problem of autonomy.
This sports car is developed by Nanoflowcell, a company based in Liechtenstein, The company has launched the first version of the Quantino model back in 2016, It equips bi-ION batteries instead of lithium ion batteries to power it`s four electric motors that yield, in total, 136 Hp (34hp per motor) Unlike other models of electric cars, which operate using high voltage, the Quantino does so with a 48-volt system, which reduces the safety requirements.
A peek under the hood.
When it comes to obtaining electricity Salt water has two great advantages compared to conventional electric cars. On the first hand is the autonomy. The Nanoflowcell Quantino can travel more than 1,000 kilometers on a single charge with the second advantage of being rather quick at refueling with only a few minutes to fully charge, as far in consumption terms is concerned the Quantino powered by Salt water offers an average of 8-10kWh/100 km.
It is important to note that the Nanoflowcell Quantino made its debut back in 2016 three years ago, but the manufacturer however hasn`t ceased it`s efforts in order to show the potential and viability of the Quantino, so far the car has made 350.000 kilometers of these 200k have been made on the highway and the remaining 150k have been made on a test bench
One of the most interesting things about the Quantino is that during testing the thing that had to be replaced the most were brakes and tires, Sources of the electric car brand have pointed out that despite having 10k hours of operation on its back the membrane or the electric pumps have shown wearing out signs at all showing a certainly incredible reliability.
Quantino ready to make the leap to production?
After three years of testing N.F.C Quantino have announced that the electric powered car using salt as its main source of power could be ready to make the leap to production,this electric car uses the liquid electrolyte of seawater, this could suggest that the problem of long charging times on electric cars could easily be solved by quite a big gap making it more popular with the general public and the automotive community that so far looks down on the electric car.
The alternative fuel that powers the Quantino is not flammable or causes any kind of emissions either (Except the indirect emissions caused by the production of it using dirty energy sources) however the large-scale industrial manufacture of the liquid electrolyte needed for recharging the car would only cost a few cents making it cheaper than any kind of current fuel, It should be taken into account that during these three years of fine-tuning the prototype, Nanoflowcell has only been updating the software of the car in order to improve the efficiency of the car. According to the company itself, the cost of the entire system is only close to the 600€ Mark, while its useful life is around 50,000 hours (5.7 years in short) there are many doubts that have risen about this experimental technology, However the manufacturer assures that it could be start to be distributed. During the month of May last year Nanoflowcell had already received an order of 25k units from an international group of investors. This request included the construction of a bi-ION factory and the cost of a single Quantino unit was valued at around 65,000€a pretty expensive price for a 136hp car but still a decent one knowing all of the advantages it offers in comparison to conventional electric cars.