We have covered this development previously and thought a update was due
Saltwater cars work very similar to Hydrogen powered cars. NanoFlowcell have come up with a way to utilize Hydrogen in cars without using high pressure systems. Their cars use saltwater. The saltwater is used to generate electricity and run the cars.
The cars have two tanks which are filled with dissolved metallic salts. These dissolved salts have opposite ionic charges which are then pumped through a membrane. The chemical reaction which unites both molecular structures produces energy which is used to power the four electric motors, each of which powers one of the wheels, by utilizing the built-in super capacitors.
It costs less than 10 euro cents per litre to produce the energy carrier on an industrial level (plus the charging costs)
What Sort of Cars Have They Made?
NanoFlowcell have developed three cars so far. The first one was a sports car followed by one consumer grade and a prototype.These cars have been approved for testing in Europe
The company says the consumer grade model Quantino will be an affordable car. It boasts an 80kW electric motor (108 horsepower) which can send the car from 0 to 100 km/h in just five seconds. It is not a racing car, but by utilizing the built-in batteries the car can increase its acceleration. The electric engine is capable of topping 200km/h while still working virtually silently.
QUANTINO (MODEL YEAR 2016)
- Top speed km/h: 200
- Acceleration (0-100 km/h): <5 seconds
- Transmission type: Automatic
- Type of drive: Rear-wheel
- Number of doors: 2
- peak power: 4 x 25 kW (136 PS)
- Number of seats: 2+2
- Type: nanoFlowcell®
- Voltage (V): 48
- Rated current (A): 300
- Capacity (kW/h): 15
- Buffer system: Supercaps
- Type: three-phase asynchronous motor
- Maximum power kW (PS): 80 (108)
- Maximum torque (Nm): 200
- Fuel type: Electricity
- Energy consumption: 12-14 kWh / 100 km
- Tank volume (l): 2x 159
- Range (km) std. consumption: > 1,000
- Emissions: 0
- Length (mm): 3,910
- Width (mm): 1,930
- Height (mm): 1,335
- Wheelbase (mm): 3,198
- Kerb weight (kg): 1,420
WHEELS AND TYRES
- 215/45 R20 95V XL
According to the Website
Will it be possible to build a fuel-station infrastructure suitable for nanoFlowcell ?
Yes. When? Very quickly, because existing fuel stations can simply be retrofitted. There could also be standalone refuelling systems, installed in convenient locations or at home. Will it be interesting for consumers and providers in terms of costs? Yes. Why? Because refuelling with ionic fluid – one positively and one negatively charged liquid, is possible right now. And because the manufacture of ionic liquid is already inexpensive using current technology. On top of that, the ionic liquid is non-toxic, non-flammable and has a virtually infinite shelf life. All this is beneficial to mass production, logistics and storage, without any onerous regulatory requirements.
Filling up with the ionic liquid barely differs from the refuelling process for vehicles with internal combustion engines, only that this involves two liquids beings pumped simultaneously into two separate tanks within the vehicle. The ionic liquid is consumed – the tank is refilled with new energy through topping up the ionic liquid. No need for plugs and sockets, the electricity comes from the nanoFlowcell®.