Saltwater Powered Sports Car Approved For Roads In Europe

Over the past few years progress has been made with self-driving cars and even flying cars. However, none of those are quite as wild as a sports car powered by saltwater.

The new experimental car uses a saltwater cell system to generate power to four electric motors – one for each wheel.  The water passes through tanks in a cell membrane creating electricity.  Is this sort of like when Kevin Costner drank his own pee in Water World? Not at all? OK then, just watch the video and let this dude explain:

The guy from Beetlejuice is right.

A Lichtenstein based company called nanoFlowcell unveiled the Quant e-Sportlimousine at an auto show earlier this year and now the exotic sports car has been approved to drive on roads in Europe. Where they are going they still need roads, but no gasoline.

“Great Scott! I just wanted to make a BTTF reference!”

To be clear the car doesn’t actually RUN on saltwater for fuel; the saltwater is used in a process with car’s fuel cell to create electricity which in turn powers the car. So it is actually a fully electric car that generates its electricity by using saltwater. The company says the fuel cell used generates five times the amount of energy as a lithium ion battery, such as used by electric car company Tesla.

Now some of you might be thinking “what kind of stupid Obama loving hippie socialist is going to want to drive a saltwater car? I only drive something that can roll coal!” I totally understand. That’s why some of the stats this thing is throwing down are impressive for an alternative energy fueled car. It has a top speed of 217 miles per hour, can go 0 to 60 in 2.8 seconds and has a driving range of 373 miles. Not only that it has some sick gull wing doors you can open with a smart phone app. Ya’ll will be rolling saltwater in no time.

More car commercials need mermaids.

While the initial production model of the Quant eSportslimousine will cost around a steep $1.7 million dollars, the company has plans to test the car and use the advanced saltwater batteries for more than just automobiles. Other uses may include everything from aviation, rail and shipping applications. This could significantly bring the price down to sea level. So when the price comes down would you give a saltwater car a spin?

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