Former CEO of VW Group, Porsche named chairman of EV startup Piech

It’s been a while since we last heard from Swiss EV startup Piech.

The company co-founded by a son of Ferdinand Piëch first made headlines in 2019 when it presented the striking Mark Zero sports car concept at the Geneva International Motor Show.

On Monday, it provided its first major update since the concept’s reveal, announcing a number of key hirings, as well as investment from PayPal co-founder and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel.

Piech named its new chairman as Matthias Müller, who served as CEO of Volkswagen Group in the years after the Dieselgate scandal and prior to that as CEO of Porsche. Müller will work with Piech co-founders Anton (Toni) Piëch and Rea Stark on the board to help guide product development and corporate strategy.

Meanwhile, overseeing the main nuts and bolts of the company will be a pair of CEOs. One is a former BMW motorsport chief

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Don’t Underestimate the Importance of the Classic Van: Vintage Photos

Ah, the humble van. With an existence that dates back to the early 1900s, these boxes-on-wheels continue to play a significant part in the structure of our society, providing a socioeconomic impact that might eclipse that of even the Volkswagen Beetle or Ford Mustang. Alongside trains and semi-trucks, the van’s contribution as one of the most valuable links in the supply chain that cannot be overstated.

Although many of the vans throughout history were available from a local dealership and were far more accessible to the general vehicle-buying public than any other commercial vehicle, it gets very little recognition from enthusiasts, and even motoring historians often gloss over vans—although there are pockets of retro-van culture all over the world even today, perhaps the most spectacular example being Japan’s dajiban Dodge van racing enthusiasts. So, apropos of absolutely nothing, we reached into the dark corners of the archive and dredged up

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