Electric cars may be becoming more and more mainstream, but the latest model to gain road legal status is no ordinary electric car; the Quant e-Sportlimousine is powered by salt water.
Despite its startling eco credentials this machine should be able to blast all the way up to 230mph and scorch through the zero to 62mph benchmark sprint in a scant 2.8 seconds. The e-Sportlimousine has this week been granted road legal status in Germany, which is valid across the whole of Europe.
This new zero emission salt water-powered car has 644bhp on tap, all-wheel-drive and two 200 litre tanks for the salt water electrolyte – which gives it a potential range of up to 600km between fill-ups of electrolyte.
This means that you should be able to swap the old tanks of electrolyte for fresh ones. The car's nanoflowcell works like a combination of a battery and a fuel cell, pumping the liquid electrolyte through the cell, which generates the electricity that powers the motor.
Weighing in a 2,300kg and extending to 5.25 metres, the Quant is a very large four-seater, which wears enormous 22-inch alloy wheels.
"This is a historic moment and a milestone not only for our company but perhaps even for the electro-mobility of the future", said Nunzio La Vecchia, chief technical officer at nanoFLOWCELL AG.
"For the first time an automobile featuring flow-cell electric drive technology will appear on Germany's roads. Today we have put the product of 14 years' hard development work on the road. This is a moment for us to celebrate."
There has been significant interest in the car from investors and car manufacturers following the e-Sportlimousine's world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.
"Now that the automobile has been approved for use on public roads in Germany and Europe we can enter into detailed planning with our partners, adding an exciting new chapter to the future of electro-mobility," states La Vecchia.