The Piech Mark Zero Is A 400 HP EV With A 300-Mile Range

2019 Geneva Motor Show

And it's the first of three cars from the Piech brand.

At the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, there are countless boutique automakers vying for your attention with their all-electric sports car concepts. Among them, the Piëch Mark Zero Concept aims to make a name for itself as the best of the bunch. So what makes the Mark Zero special? It comes from a new company called Piëch, which was founded by the son of former Volkswagen Group boss Ferdinand Piëch and the great-grandson of Ferdinand Porsche. Piëch has built an all-electric sports coupe with over 400 horsepower and claimed driving range of over 300 miles.

The Mark Zero Concept is powered by three electric motors, a 201 hp unit on the front axle and two synchronous motors at the rear producing another 201 hp for a total of 402 hp. With such brute electric force, the Mark Zero can hit 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph. According to Piëch, the concept's batteries should enable a 310-mile driving range on the WLTP cycle (the range will be a bit less on the EPA scale).

The car even uses a "completely new cell type," which can be charged to 80% in just five minutes. Piëch has partnered with Hong Kong-based Desten Group to develop the new batteries, which are designed so they do not heat up during charging and are air-cooled to save around 440 pounds. In total, the whole car is expected to weigh less than 4,000 pounds.

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Piëch Automotive plans to build three vehicles including a two-seater, four-seater, and an SUV. The brand may even build a pickup truck or convertible. The concept uses a modular platform so it can be adapted to accept different powertrains including a hybrid drivetrain or hydrogen fuel cell. With around 200 external employees, Piëch has the potential to be the next big thing in EVs.