Energy Efficiency Prize
Piëch Mark Zero
Toni Piëch, Rea Stark Rajcic, Laszlo Varga
Klaus Schmidt, Nicolas Allain
The Piëch Mark Zero developed by the Piëch Automotiv Group, a Swiss-German company, makes the claim of transporting “the fun of driving a puristic sports car into the electric age”. The technological innovations, which are associated with the latter, are even more exciting than the external appearance of the car that caused a sensation and is expected to go into series production in 2022. Revolutionary new battery cells, which can be charged to 80% in only five minutes, take centre stage as they are subject to only minor thermal changes despite extremely high charging and discharge currents. The resulting more efficient energy recovery when braking enables smaller battery packages to be used, which in turn reduces the weight of the cars and their energy requirements. The modular vehicle architecture with an aluminium frame structure is also ground-breaking. It’s designed as an open, flexible platform, which can chiefly be used for various drive technologies and forms of bodywork.
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