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Electric Sports Car Charges As Fast As Petrol Cars

Possible breakthrough: Piëch Automotive's first electric car allegedly gets a new type of battery that can be recharged in just five minutes

Its look like we finally going to have a breakthrough in the field of electric cars. Personally, I am very excited about these advances, as I am an energy system specialist in the form of my education myself, and I feel environmentally friendly initiatives should be prioritized way more.

Also, the reason why improvements like these fall close to my heart and its something I would like to share.

The manufacturer

Grandfather founded the sports car manufacturer Porsche. Father was behind the supercar Bugatti Veyron. And now the next generation, in the shape of Anton Piëch, will engrave his name in the family tree with a supercar that can become a breakthrough for electric cars.

Piëch Mark Zero

The car is called Piëch Mark Zero and, according to Anton Piëch, is equipped with a new type of battery technology, which enables it to charge at almost the same speed as a petrol or diesel car.

Just four minutes and 40 seconds, it supposedly fills the battery up to 80 percent capacity, giving it a range of 249 miles (400 kilometers). And if you keep the charger in place for a while longer, you get a total of 311 miles (500 kilometers) out of the car’s three batteries.

According to several international media, including Car and Driver.

Photo: Denis Balibouse/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The heat is crucial

Piëch Automotive, which are placed in Switzerland, has shown the car for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show. It is still a concept car that is well away from being ready for production, and the information about it is therefore limited.

However, Piëch has unveiled a part of the details behind the alleged charging time. The battery technology differs from that in today’s electric cars by not being quite as hot when the batteries are recharged. Only 15 degrees will the temperature rise at the charging station.

It may sound like a small detail, but it has great importance for how fast the power can be sent into the battery.

‘Too good to be true’

On the other hand, it is unclear how big the requirements is for the charging station to shave so much time off during the charging phase. According to Car and Driver, Piëch Automotive has used a charging station from Chinese Qingdao Tgood to reach the fast charging time.

The many unknown factors regarding the battery technology in Piëch Mark Zero get several car media – including Car and Driver – to be skeptical about whether the project can be realized.

Car and Driver writes that ‘it’s almost too good to be true’ that the vehicle can charge so fast.

Despite Anton Piëch’s family ties to Volkswagen and Porsche, Piëch Automotive stands on its own.

According to rumors the producer hopes to send the first copies of the Mark Zero model on the street in about three years.

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