An electric sports car concept reportedly features a battery that can charge to 80 percent in less than five minutes.
The Mark Zero, the first car from Piëch Automotive, will feature a battery the sports car’s designers claim can be charged to four-fifths capacity in four minutes and forty seconds. When it hits the market, the car is expected to sell for between $150,000 and $200,000.
According to Forbes, Piëch sourced the battery from Desten, a company based in China. Piëch’s lead engineer attributed the battery’s quick charging to its “highly efficient thermal properties.”
The battery is cooled by air, rather than liquid, as is the norm for many other electric vehicles. As such, the battery produces almost no heat, allowing it to recharge quickly.
Compared to the batteries of other electric vehicles, the Mark Zero’s would be remarkably fast. Tesla’s Supercharger, for instance, charges to 80 percent in 30 minutes. Tesla’s home chargers prepare the vehicle for 30-44 miles of travel per hour.
For many electric vehicles, including those made by Tesla, charge time is dependent on the power of the charger itself. But, according to its creators, the Mark One will charge quickly even from a standard wall outlet.
“You don’t need our charging infrastructure to be faster than everyone else,” according to Piëch.
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