Swiss electric car start-up Piëch Automotive has begun testing its long awaited Piëch GT electric sports car. The GT is based on the Mark Zero, which was presented as a study at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
The Piëch GT is scheduled to be launched in mid-2024 as the first vehicle in a product family of three variants.
The special feature is that the battery in the Piëch GT is not liquid-cooled. This is made possible by pouch cells technology from a Chinese manufacturer, the Desten Group.
The cell is said to have an extremely low internal resistance. This means that little heat is generated during the charging process – and consequently little heat has to be dissipated.
“The future clearly belongs to the pouch cells we use – both in terms of weight and fast-charging capability,” says head of development Klaus Schmidt. “We are particularly pleased that the battery developed especially for Piëch can also be employed for use in series production.”
Tests will now show whether this battery concept works not only at the cell level, but also in the battery pack and in the vehicle itself. Dispensing with the water cooling system should save a total of 200 kilograms in weight which should help Performance.
The GT is powered by three synchronous motors, which are said to have a system output of 450 kW. The sports car is expected to be able to accelerate to 100 km/h in less than three seconds. The range is supposed to be 500 kilometers.
While three electric motors and 450 kW are certainly no groundbreaking novelty, the information on the battery may be understood as such: Piëch is still sticking to the goal announced in 2019 of being able to charge the battery to 80 per cent in only five minutes.