With the 2015 Geneva Motor Show now in full swing, there is one car only that I’d love to bring back to New Zealand from the show. Well okay there’s lots more than one car, but there is one car that makes the top of my list.

The Quant F is a seawater-powered car that can get you to 100km/h in less than 3 seconds, and has a top speed of 300km/h. Range? How about 800km without plugging. Hey who needs to plug in when you run on seawater? And what is New Zealand surrounded by? You can see the attraction for me. A visit the beach to fill the car up is a win-win scenario. Okay, time to own up – it doesn’t actually run on seawater, it runs on two ionic liquids. Both non-flammable and non-toxic. Both much safer to transport than petrol or diesel.


Tesla? That is so retro now. Using Nanoflowcell technology, the engineers extract 800kw using two fluids – one with a positive charge and one with a negative charge – each in its own 250L tank and mixing these in turn generates power to charge the batteries.

According to the Nanoflowcell company, “And QUANT features a power system that might well change the way we heat, cool, and move around the planet.” Bold claims, but certainly they have a car that isn’t just a prototype that’s essentially running on seawater. The next step must surely be those other engines that run on fossil fuels.

At least along with Tesla, Quant proves cars powered by other fuels or electricity do not need to look boring. Perhaps the next Prius could take the hint?

Quant Limosine video

Nanoflowcell technology




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Fred Alvrez
How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on www.usa2nz.co.nz. We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm a driving instructor and an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.


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