This high-performance electric vehicle features a mysterious new battery technology sourced from China, and a classic two-door two-seat design.
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The Piech Mark Zero concept has been unveiled at the 2019 Geneva motor show, the first vehicle from the Zurich-based automaker co-founded by Toni Piech.

Toni Piech is the son of Ferdinand Piech, the former CEO of the Volkswagen Group, and the great-grandson of Ferdinand Porsche.

Measuring 4432mm long, 1991mm wide, 1250mm tall, and riding on a 2620mm wheelbase, the slinky two-door design hides three electric motors: one asynchronous unit on the front axle generating 150kW of power, and two synchronous motors on the rear axle making a further 150kW each.

Piech Automotive is targeting a 0-100km/h time of 3.2 seconds, and a top speed of 250km/h.

Hooked up to the three-motor powertrain are batteries from Desten, a Chinese battery manufacturer, which are said to feature a "innovative" new cell design that barely heats up only by 15 degrees when it is being used or charged.

This not only allows for higher current flows, but means the battery pack can be air cooled, helping to shave around 200 kilograms off the car's weight. The company is aiming for the final production car to weigh just 1800kg.

Using the company's fast charger, the Piech Mark Zero can be topped up to 80 per cent capacity in 4:40 minutes. The Mark Zero is expected to a have of around 500 kilometres under the WLTP testing scheme.

The Mark Zero's batteries are fitted in the centre tunnel and along the rear axle. This, the company claims, means the coupe has weight distribution and handling similar to a traditional internal combustion sports car.

A four-seat vehicle and a crossover are also planned for the Mark Zero's modular platform.

Klaus Schmidt, the company's head of engineering, says Piech Automotive is open to using hybrid drivetrains.

"We could also install an internal combustion engine (ICE) at the rear axle and have electric engines at the front and rear axle support the ICE unit," Schmidt noted.

Pictures of the interior have yet to be released, but the company says it will feature leather from Poltrona Frau, an Italian company specialising in the material.