After making its official debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March QUANT's new electric sports car has been approved for use in Munich on public roads. The car is without a doubt breathtaking both inside and out with exquisite attention to detail and beautiful design lines. However its beauty and form are not what makes the car special nor are its impressive performance specs. The thing that makes the QUANT E-Sportlimousine special is that it runs on salt water. WOW!
When I first heard about the car and its technology I sat down and did some math regarding how far salt water could take us as an alternative resource to fossil fuels. I did a quick (and potentially inaccurate) internet search and found out that approximately 800,000,000 gallons of gasoline are consumed daily worldwide. According to the US Geological Survey there are 332,519,000 cubic miles (no, I do not stutter. MILES!) of salt water on the planet which translates to 352,670,000,000,000,000,000 gallons. Assuming the amount of salt water and the fuel consumption rate remained constant that would mean the worlds oceans could power cars for the next 1,207,773,972.6 years if every fossil-fuel burning engine converted to salt water. Needless to say, that's a long time.
However, here's the part that worries me: scientists have been preaching for decades that the worlds oceans are a sensitive ecosystem and even small changes can impact global weather patterns and climates. If that's true, at what point does salt water consumption begin to impact our oceans and the earth itself? I don't really know the answer to that question but 800,000,000 gallons of fuel consumed everyday is a lot. True, it's just a drop in the bucket when compared to the incredible volume of the ocean itself but common sense tells me at some point the consumption rate could impact the environment even more than fossil fuels.
Having said all that, I realize there are many people out there who know more about this topic than I do. If you are reading this blog and have any insights that could shed more light on the subject please leave a comment below.