The concept of the Piëch Mark Zero presented in Geneva marks the beginning of a new family of products for Piëch Automotive.
Piëch Automotive, founded by Toni Piëch and Rea Stark Rajcic, is a Switzerland-based company launched three and a half years ago. If the name of the brand sounds familiar, it’s because it is. Anton “Toni” Piëch, who gave his name to the company, is the great-grandson of Ferdinand Porsche.
The duo created the Piëch Mark Zero, a classic sports car with classic forms that turns out to be an electric car. The idea was born to develop a new flexible vehicle architecture that allows the use of a variety of drive systems.
The Mark Zero, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, is the first car of the Piëch Automotive family that will arrive on the market in the next three years.
The car’s batteries are positioned so that its handling and weight distribution should be comparable to a gasoline sports car.
“We have developed a sports car that we ourselves would like to buy, and we talked for a long time to many enthusiasts about what was missing on the market,” explains Toni Piëch. “We want to offer a modern classic that isn’t subject to consumer cycles. The driver of this sports car should enjoy any minute they can spend in the car.”
According to the manufacturer, the range of the Mark Zero is 500 km. Thanks to a special type of battery cell paired with a fast charging mode, the car can reach 80% of its battery capacity in a charging time of as little as 4 minutes 40 seconds.
This particular type of battery cell also helps to reduce heat build-up, which allows the batteries to be cooled by air alone. In addition, it makes a good difference in the weight of the car. Indeed, according to Piëch Automotive, all this helps to reduce the weight by about 200 kg resulting in a total vehicle weight of under 1,800 kg.