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.
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.