Image Credit: nanoFlowcell

German company Nanoflow Cell unveiled a sleek looking fully electric Quant 48Volt at the Geneva Motor Show this year with the goal of the company bringing the first production car in the world to be powered by saltwater. The Quant 48Volt has two tanks of liquid with dissolved metallic salt which gives them opposite charges. The liquid is separated by a membrane where positively charged ions lose an electron generating electricity.

One fill up of the tanks are good for 621 miles (1,000 km) which astonishingly is greater distance our gasoline vehicles can take us. However, to fill up the tank which has the 3x capacity of large SUV will take quite a bit of time but certainly not hours.

The salt water powered vehicle generates >560kW (760HP) and goes 0-60mph in 2.4 seconds.

“The drive engines are a complete new development. Other than traditional electric motors with copper winding, QUANT’s innovative 45-phase, 140 kW strong low voltage drive motors have a solid stator structure made of light alloy. Motors become lighter, more compact and more economical.”


Image Credit: nanoFlowcell

The Quant 48Volt runs on environmentally friendly ‘bio-ION’ which is electrolyte liquids.
It has been said by the company that it is “non-toxic” and “non-flammable”. Also one of the best news is that the ‘bi-ION’ will only cost .10 cents per liter or about .38 cents a gallon. The question is will this technology be adopted by a major car manufacturer so we can have electrolyte liquid filling stations.


  1. What is the environmental footprint of the spent “fuel”? Is it “just water” or are their byproducts to be managed?

  2. Okay, but what happens to the “salt water” after the tanks’ capacity to generate an electrical charge is depleted? Is it just poured into the sewer, or what? And what’s the environmental impact of that?

    Bad, not terribly informative writing.

  3. I am happy if I can buy one that goes 0-60mph in 10 seconds
    provided that it costs $10000.
    Please save my name in your customer database
    so you can get back to me with that offering in the future !

  4. Sounds like the fuel is like Gatorade, dissolved metallic salts, so some molecule made up of an element and NaCl possibly. And water. But metallic, so presumably iron? Iron sulfide? Whatever as long as it works. Cannot be exotic as it’s cheap. Is it renewable?

  5. I’ll believe it when I see it. It would almost be a miracle for the car to move at all, but to achieve those performance figures is outlandish and fantastical.

  6. Seems like you would have to fill up with water and then add the electrolytes, kind of like adding fuel injector cleaner to the tank. Gas station owners would hate that. I can’t wait to see more about how it works.


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