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Nominee

Energy Efficiency Prize

 
 

Piëch Mark Zero

Design:

Toni Piëch, Rea Stark Rajcic, Laszlo Varga


Engineering:

Klaus Schmidt, Nicolas Allain


www.piech.com

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.


Comments of the nominators

The current status of the Piëch Mark Zero represents a genuine cutting-edge innovation, which is likely to have a long-term influence on the future of electric mobility. There is the prospect that the technology, which was developed for this sports car, will soon also be available for other vehicle categories.