Piëch Automotive using new cell type for Mark Zero
Piëch Automotive named some new details on the Mark Zero electric sports car, which will be presented at the Geneva Motor Show and will be followed by a number of other vehicles. Particularly interesting is the announced new cell type, which should hardly warm up during charging and discharging.
In addition to this useful feature, the cells should support an unusually high recuperation rate and create the conditions for the Mark Zero to be 80 per cent charged in 4:40 minutes, according to Piëch Automotive.
The cells come from the Desten Group in China, which now wants to roll out its battery and cell expertise acquired in the consumer sector together with Piëch Automotive in the automotive industry. Qingdao TGOOD Electric from China and Hong Kong is responsible for the charging infrastructure. According to Piëch, the company already operates more than 210,000 charging stations in more than 300 cities.
Inside the upcoming electric car, the batteries are arranged in the centre tunnel and on the rear axle, so that “in contrast to the widespread underfloor arrangement, a low seating position typical of sports cars is made possible”, according to an accompanying press release. As Piëch has already indicated, the batteries can be air-cooled alone due to their low heat generation, which should contribute to weight savings of around 200 kilograms, so that the total weight of the vehicle will be “less than 1,800 kilograms,” says the manufacturer.
Behind Piëch Automotive is Anton Piëch, a son of former VW boss Ferdinand Piëch, who is a relative of Ferdinand Porsche. The company is based in Zurich and Munich. At the heart of the company’s strategy is a modular platform that, in addition to the Mark Zero, will enable the construction of up to 60 model variants, as well as autonomous driving. Other models such as an SUV and a four-seater sedan are already being considered. In addition to the purely electric drive, versions with hybrid drive, fuel cell or pure combustion engine are also to be designed on the basis of the platform, the company claims.
In addition to initial sketches, the following details are known about Mark Zero: The electric sports car is to look like the Porsche 911 and, thanks to the battery cell technology described above, offer a WLTP range of 500 kilometres. An asynchronous motor on the front axle delivers 150 kW, and two synchronous motors on the rear axle provide an additional 150 kW each. The price of the electric sports car is expected to be around 200,000 euros.