Earlier this month, #paypal and Palantir founder Peter Thiel, who is one of Piëch Automotive’s largest investors, completed the first round of funding for the startup with his money. The next round will start with the Swiss bank UBS as financial advisor. This has already allowed the company to start building its own engineering campus near Munich.
Not only was Piëch Automotive created by the heirs of Ferdinand Porsche, Tony Piëch is also the son of Ferdinand Piëch, the man who raised the Volkswagen brand to unprecedented heights, and this in itself is practically a symbol of the fact that something really interesting and serious is being created in the automotive field.
But recently, the startup team has been replenished with professionals from the world’s leading automotive companies.
Former #porsche and #volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Müller has been named chairman of the board of directors. In liaison with the co-chairs and founders of the company, Tony Piëch and Ri Stark, he will be responsible for setting up production.
Former #bmw Motorsport Chief Engineer Klaus Schmidt remains Piech Automotive’s CTO and will now also become one of the company’s two CEOs. He is responsible for the technical component of the project — the development of the platform, body, transmission …
Andreas Henke becomes Marketing Director. It focuses on brand promotion, strategy and marketing, customer relations, finance and human resources. Prior to that, he also worked at #porsche, where he held various leadership positions in strategy, marketing and sales.
Andreas Henke will be assisted by Jochen Rudat, who recently took over as Piëch Automotive Sales Manager. Rudat, previously working for Elon Musk, built a #tesla dealer network in Europe from scratch and developed it for almost 10 years.
Before production started, the # piëch mark zero concept was awarded in a German design competition. The sports electric car became one of the winners of the #german design award 2020, receiving a prize for «
If everything goes according to plan, then the first production models should appear already in 2022. The Piëch Mark Zero’s maximum range will be approximately
In addition to the sports coupe, the company also plans to present a sedan and an SUV.
By the way, what about the design. It seemed to many that Piëch Mark Zero had a Porsche flavor. And it didn’t seem to you. The founder of the startup, Tony Piëch, according to him, wanted to compete with the sports car manufacturer Porsche, and with it his relatives. So there is also an element of intra-family competition …
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