Christian Von Koenigsegg, CEO and founder of Koenigsegg Automotive, recently spoke in an interview conducted by topgear on the future electrification of its hyper sports models. The person in charge believes that the performance of electric cars is so impressive that it betrays what current combustion supercars can deliversomething that could become a problem for this type of custom manufacturer since it gives little room for maneuver for the development of electric hypercars.
The founder of the hypercar brand believes that there is a gap among his vehicles for a model powered entirely by electricity, something that he will carry out in the coming years. However, Christian Von Koenigsegg is not entirely sure how he will carry out the development of this future model, since “This is a very big challenge”.
Koenigsegg says that creating a hypercar today is one of the biggest challenges a car brand can face. The CEO believes there are ways to make these electrics exciting, though he doesn’t think anyone has nailed down the answer yet.
Christian assures that, in practice, there is no clear differentiation between the performance of a Tesla Model S Plaid and a Porsche Taycan Turbo, for example, since both are capable of surprising anyone. This is really the great challenge that the founder of the brand is talking about, since these models are very close to the performance that an electric supercar would currently offer, something that “is a bit uncomfortable”.
Christian assured that yes there is no clear differentiation in performance between a sports sedan and an electric hypercarwhat is the motivation to develop a model for which your customers want to pay a few million euros?
The brand’s engineers are currently working on the development of what is possibly the most power-dense electric motor in the world. At the same time, Koenigsegg is finalizing preparations for the delivery of the first units of the Gemera, its four-seater plug-in hybrid hyperGT with 1,748 hp.
However, for Christian Von Koenigsegg to create an electric hypercar that has an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in less than two seconds and charge ten times more to its customers is not something that he is determined to do, since these specifications would equal the of other existing models and would almost completely suppress the technical and technological differentiation that the company boasts in all its models.
In the brand they will look for a specific reason to launch an electric hypercar: excellent dynamics, unique mechanics or certain personal skills. For Koenigsegg, the priority is to create models that other manufacturers cannot match.
In the coming years they will present their first 100% electric vehicle, something that promises many integers if Christian Von Koenigsegg himself wants to differentiate himself significantly from electric models that are already capable of reaching speeds of over 320 km/h on a vehicle “more conventional” and without the adjective “hyper sports”.