Slow charging for electric cars was one of the major issues frequently experienced EV owners. Now, Porsche has promised 15 minutes for 250 miles is agonizingly long when you’re in a hurry to get home from work. The upstart brand Piëch is developed by Toni Piëch (a descendant of VW’s Ferdinand Piëch). It has the ability to eliminate the issue with its just-announced Mark Zero. The electric sports coupe uses special battery cells to handle high currents without overheating risk. It allows reaching an 80% charge in an extremely speedy 4 minutes and 40 seconds.
The Mark Zero should be a capable performer beyond that obvious selling point. Piëch claims a 311-mile range on the WLTP testing cycle, for one thing. It also packs sufficient oomph with a front 150kW motor and 2 rear 150kW motors taking the car to 62MPH in 3.2 seconds. The modular design makes it easier to swap out both the hardware and software. You could upgrade to higher-capacity battery cells as an example. Piëch also isn’t shy about pitching this to other brands. It hopes to sell the modular system to others that could make hybrids, fuel cell cars or even conventional gas guzzlers. The company said that there are 2-seat, 4-seat, and even SUV variants are in the pipeline.
There are two things that give potential buyers a reason for pause the availability and support. The auto-manufacturer hasn’t yet announced a release date or even its manufacturing partners. So, it is the first production model rolls off the line. It is important that those ultra-fast recharges will depend on having a charging network to match. While Piëch is working with China’s Qingdao TGOOD on infrastructure, but it is still unclear where these stations will appear and how many people will see it. You have to live in a specific region to enjoy extra-quick electricity until this kind of charging performance is widely available in the automotive world.