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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.”

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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.

25 COMMENTS

  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.

    • Totally agree, will probably run out of sea water if we all take a bucket out of it to drive! That is not a good idea to my opinion!!

  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?

    • The article says 621 miles per tank, with a tank about triple the size of an SUV. Guessing that to be about a 75 gallon tank would equate to about 8.28 MPG. More importantly is that 621 miles on a tank is far better then gasoline engines & much farther than an all electric Tesla.

  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.

  7. And water from different sources may react differently. There is water in this country that I will not drink, including most public water in the state of Florida. Such a car might not like it either..

  8. The article does state that the fuel is non toxic and isn’t flammable like the lithium ion batteries that are being used now. I use the LiPo batteries in RC car racing and I can tell you that they ARE extremely flammable if not charged or stored correctly and it takes a lengthy process to neutralize one before it is safe to be turned in for disposal.
    It would be especially good for our environment if the refueling stations also offered a source for recycling the spent fuel. It doesn’t say if it’s possible for it to be retreated to renew it to be usable as fuel again but I bet the fuel suppliers would jump on that right away, can you just imagine how much it would save fuel companies if they could just filter and retreat the depleted water for reuse as a sellable fuel again?.

  9. Yea, The nano flow fuel cell battery was invented in 1970, the salt solution isn’t water, but a super heavy salt liquid. This car was a concept in 2009, and still sucking money from investors. The Quant 48 Volt was said to deliver 760HP, or electrically, 560 kW at 48 V, with 140 kW going to each motor. This means the current going to each motor is equal to 2917 Amps. A 3,000 AMP motor at each wheel? Even if the battery tech existed, the motor tech does not. Current motors of that capacity are over $10,000 and weigh 2,300 pounds each.

  10. I’m curious as to what this electrolyte
    Water (fuel) is?
    As well the maintenance cycle regarding these mineral solids.
    Otherwise the story is inspiring

  11. At first thought it would remove hydrogen from seawater, this technology is very new and special. As per the Chris comment above, what does one do with the salt deposits? Humanity is heading into the Limitless Era.

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