Piëch Automotive will unveil a study of a new, puristic electric sports car called the Piëch Mark Zero at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
Piëch Mark Zero is the first of a family of products to be brought to market by Piëch Automotive in the next three years. Its flexible and open vehicle architecture allows the use of a variety of drive systems – like electric drive, hybrid, fuel cell or internal combustion engine.
The Piëch Mark Zero is an electric GT with a range of 500 km (311 mi) according to WLTP. The special type of cell hardly heats up during charging or discharging phases. Significantly higher currents can flow as the cell temperature rises only marginally. In addition to conventional CSC charging, the fast charging mode allows for a sensationally short charging time of only 4:40 minutes to 80% battery capacity with an exceptionally high recuperation rate.
Because of the reduced heat build-up, the batteries can be cooled by air alone. This contributes to an overall weight reduction of around 200 kg, resulting in a total vehicle weight of under 1,800 kg. At the front axle, an asynchronous motor delivers 150 kW, while at the rear axle, two synchronous motors produce 150 kW each – guaranteeing typical sports car feeling!
Piëch Automotive’s battery partner is the DESTEN Group Ltd., based in Hong Kong, China, with a research and development centre in Qingdao, China. The necessary charging infrastructure is supplied by Qingdao TGOOD Electric Co. Ltd. from Qingdao, China, and Hong Kong, China. The group of companies was founded in 2004 by Chinese and German engineers, is listed on the stock exchange in Shenzhen, China, and is a market leader in eHouse solutions. TGOOD operates 210,000 charging stations in more than 300 cities.
Thanks to the modular concept, vehicles made by Piëch Automotive can be kept up-to-date over a long period of time as both the software and hardware (like for example the blocks of battery cells) can be updated or replaced as needed. At the same time, the modular structure allows a wide choice of drive systems: conventional internal combustion engine, different kinds of hybrids, true electric drive or fuel cell – all these drive systems can be realised using the same vehicle architecture. In the next step, this modular structure is also to be offered to other manufacturers in B2B business.
Three vehicle variants are in planning: a two-seater, a four-seater and a sporty SUV. Other concepts like convertibles or pick-ups are also conceivable.
Production will take place in cooperation with experienced partners with a long-standing successful history in contract manufacturing. The Piëch Mark Zero will be developed and produced strictly to German quality standards. The decision about manufacturing partners will be announced at a later stage.
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