Piëch Mark Zero Is a New Swiss EV That Promises Supercar Acceleration and Ultra-Quick Charge Times
Sixty mph in about three seconds and 250 miles of range in less than five minutes!by Jonathan Lopez, on LISTEN 04:53
The all-electric performance war is heating up at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, with the latest combatant coming from Piëch Automotive, a fresh-faced Swiss automaker based out of Zürich. It’s called the Mark Zero, and it promises impressive EV sportiness and amazing technology. What’s more, this could be the first in a line of new vehicles slated to drop in the next several years from the up-and-coming brand.
A New Player Has Joined The Game
Piëch Automotive is a German-Swiss automaker based out of Zürich. If you’re unfamiliar, don’t fret, as the company has only been around for a few years now. However, the name has deep roots in the automotive industry, as the founder is the son of former Volkswagen head Ferdinand Piëch, and the great-grandson of none other than Ferdinand Porsche.
The Mark Zero is Piëch Automotive’s very first model, framed as the culmination of development that’s taken place over the past three-and-a-half years.
And talk about a solid first impression. The Mark Zero is an all-electric sports car that looks as though it pulls styling cues from the latest and greatest grand tourer models on the market. We definitely see a good amount of inspiration from the Aston Martin DB11 in there, especially with regards to the cab-back proportions and rounded front end. And hey, that’s not exactly a bad thing!
Beyond the tasty aesthetic, the Mark Zero also brings a good deal of cutting-edge tech to the table. Highlights include an all-electric range of 311 miles, placing this sports car near the top of the current crop of EVs already out there. Even more impressive, the Mark Zero Achieves an 80 percent charge in “4:40 minutes.” If that figure is correct, it’ll be the quickest charge time of any EV passenger car in the world.
Piëch Automotive says that these incredible specs are partly due to a significant reduction in battery temperature during charge-ups. What’s more, the tech enables air cooling during vehicle operation, which helps to cut weight.
Of course, we have to wonder if the Mark Zero’s battery pack requires some kind of special charger to achieve those lightning-quick recharge times. Around 250 miles in less than five minutes is really fast.
Regardless, Piëch Automotive says that the Mark Zero’s batteries are placed in the central tunnel and near the rear axle for better weight distribution and handling, while also enabling a low seating position.
Total vehicle weight is under 1,800 kg (3,968 pounds).
The juice flows out to a front-mounted asynchronous motor producing 150 kW (201 horsepower), while in back there are two more synchronous motors, each of which produce 150 kW (201 horsepower) on their own. No word on final output, but some outlets are saying that the total comes to 603 horsepower. However, calculating electric output isn’t always as simple as adding up all the numbers, so we’ll wait on Piëch Automotive for the official numbers.
Either way, the Mark Zero can reach 62 mph in 3.2 seconds, while achieving a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
“It’s our aim to support the emotional driving experience with up-to-date technology,”says Piëch Automotive creative head Stark Rajcic. “It’s meant to help the driver but not distract him. And it’s about the real sports car feeling: driving not being driven!”
Rajcic continues by saying that the architecture was designed to accommodate autonomous drive systems, but that sort of technology will only arrive with unspecified models some time later.
In the more immediate future, the Mark Zero architecture is versatile and modular, allowing “for a variety of drive systems and bodies” to be used. This includes drive system such as hybrid, fuel cell, and a traditional internal combustion engine.
What’s more, the automaker foresees both software and hardware updates (such as replacing battery blocks for the latter) in the future as technology progresses.
Piëch Automotive says it’s gearing up to release a new production vehicle line sometime in the next three years, with future plans for a new four-seater and an SUV.
Piëch Automotive also partnered with the Desten Group for help with battery technology development, as well as Qingdao TGOOD Electric Co. Ltd. for access to its extensive charging infrastructure, which includes 210,000 charging stations in over 300 cities.
When it’s released in the next few years, the Piëch Mark Zero model will compete against models like the Porsche Taycan and Polestar 1.
No word on pricing, but considering the specs, we expect a number deep into the six-figures range.
|Piëch Mark Zero Exterior Specs|
|Overall Length||4,431mm (174.5 inches)|
|Overall Width||1,991mm (78.4 inches)|
|Overall Height||1,250mm (49.2 inches)|
|Wheelbase||2,620mm (103.1 inches)|
|Front Overhang||897mm (35.4 inches)|
|Rear Overhang||915mm (36 inches)|
|Piëch Mark Zero Drivetrain Specs|
|Drive Type||All-electric all-wheel drive|
|Motor||single asynchronous electric motor front, double synchronous electric motors rear|
|Output||201 horsepower per electric motor|
|Acceleration||0 to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds|
|Top Speed||250 km/h (155 mph)|
|Weight||<1,800 kg (3,968 pounds)|