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Monday, April 8, 2019

Here it is Piëch Mark Zero with sophisticated fast charging technology

When asked what is the biggest weakness of electric cars, the majority might answer the charging time. Sure enough, even fast charging technology developed by Porsche has so far only been able to record 15-20 minutes to fill 80% of the total car battery capacity.
Piëch Mark Zero with sophisticated fast charging technology has debuted at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2JYfWmD)
That is obviously much longer than filling gas. But that does not always have to be a scourge of the electric car segment. A new company named Piëch Automotive wants to prove that an electric car can also be recharged as fast as refueling of a conventional car.

So far you might be wondering, who is the figure behind Piëch Automotive, and why does his name sound so familiar? Piëch is an automotive company based in Zurich, Switzerland, and has no affiliation with the Volkswagen Group.
Left side view of Piëch Mark Zero. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2HSKx31)
The automotive company was founded in 2016 by Anton 'Toni' Piëch, who is the son of Ferdinand Piëch - a very successful former leader of the Volkswagen Group and great-grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, the original Beetle Volkswagen designer and founder of the Porsche brand.

On their debutant car is a two-door car concept that is different from electric vehicles from startup brands because it does not use the 'skateboard' chassis type, as popularized by Tesla. This car is based on a modular platform developed by Piëch with the help of 200 employees.

This new debutant car is named Piëch Mark Zero and is claimed to only require 4 minutes 40 seconds to fill 80% of its total capacity thanks to the use of a new type of battery cell that is able to cope with high electric currents without the risk of overheating. Under five minutes actually it is appropriate to be compared with the time needed to fill gas tank. And those battery is provided by a Chinese company, Desten.
Rear three quarter view of Piëch Mark Zero. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2TJw2QM)
Not only is the battery charging time fast, its efficiency is no less impressive, with claims of 500 km in one charging time. The car performance is also not spared from Piëch's attention: Mark Zero packs three electric motors (one in front, two in the back) with a total power of 450 kW, capable of carrying it from 0-100 kph in just 3.2 seconds, with top speed in range of 250 kph.

Also interesting is the modular principle whose Piëch applied to its car design. This means that what can be updated is not just the software, but also the hardware, such as battery units that have started to age and drastically reduced in capacity.

This modular architecture also means Piëch can offer its design to other interested car manufacturers. Business with consumers they serve, then they can also serve other fellow businessmen.

Turning to Mark Zero's physicality, the shape of the car looks like a combination of Aston Martin and Porsche. But Piëch doesn't want to focus on the sports car segment alone, they also have plans to realize a number of other models, including an SUV.

Piëch Mark Zero has been officially introduced at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Although it sounds so potential, Piëch Automotive's ambitious vision will depend on the availability of infrastructure, and this infrastructure has actually succeeded in making Tesla the leader in the electric car segment today.
And reportedly, the company is preparing a battery charging infrastructure to be provided by a German company-Sino, and China's company Qingdao TGOOD, which operates more than 210,000 charging points in 310 cities. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR1]
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