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HI-TECH: Quant e-Sportlimousine powered by salt

Published:Sunday | September 14, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Part of the interior of the Quant e-Sportlimousine.-Contributed

Chad Bryan, Gleaner Writer

A new electric motor vehicle powered by salt water has been making splashes in Europe, where it has just been approved for road use.

Sports cars do not have had the best reputation for being environmentally friendly but this sleek machine, which sits atop 22-inch wheels and has double gull wing-style doors, is extremely so. A Chrystal Lake Blue paint option emphasises the developer's commitment to the environment.

The vehicle is capable of producing massive amounts of power, but will produce zero emissions.

The electric vehicle, known as the Quant e-Sportlimousine, made its debut in March at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. It is capable of reaching 0 to 62 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds, attaining a top speed of 217 miles per hour and has a range of 370 miles for one charge.

All this from a salt water-filled battery.

Each Quant e-Sportlimousine is equipped with a flow battery that uses liquids to store an electric charge. Unlike traditional batteries, which use solid materials to store and release electricity, flow batteries use liquids that have been charged in separate tanks. These charged liquids come close to each other only when power is being generated, greatly reducing the possibility of fire.

In preparation for wider production, the Quant e-Sportlimousine will be tested on public roads in Germany and other European countries.

Experts suggest the vehicle could retail for more than PS1 million (US$1.7 million).