Remember the Lynk & Co Zero Concept from the 2020 Beijing Auto Show? Geely Auto Group is launching it in China as the Zeekr 001, the first model from its brand Zeekr (Chinese: 极氪).
The specifications of the top-end Zeekr 001 have been released on the brand’s Weibo page. From the preliminary figures, it’s clear that the Zeekr 001 is one of Geely Auto Group’s most advanced EVs.
The top-end Zeekr 001 has a dual-motor e-AWD setup, with 400 kW (536 hp) of power and 768 Nm (566 lb.-ft.) of torque. It can accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 3.8 seconds, which is 0.3 seconds quicker than the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo’s 4.1 seconds (4S variant). The premium Chinese EV boasts a 0.23 Cd value and a 200+ km/h top speed as well.
|Aspect||Zeekr 001 Specification|
|No. of Motors||Two|
|Power||400 kW (536 hp)|
|Torque||768 Nm (566 lb.-ft.)|
|Acceleration (0-62 mph)||3.8 seconds|
|Top Speed||200+ km/h|
Chinese media sites reported after the Geely Auto Group announced the Zeekr brand on March 23 that the production Lynk & Co Zero Concept would become the first Zeekr model . On March 31, that’s exactly what ensued; the Zheijang Geely Holding Group’s principal auto division announced the road-ready version of the EV concept as the Zeekr 001. With that, the Zeekr brand’s logo also is official.
Based on the SEA platform, the upcoming electric crossover SUV was testing with an 800-volt powertrain with a targeted range of 700 km (435 miles) in the NEDC test and zero power degradation till 200,000 km (124,274 miles). Geely Auto Group had said in December that the production car’s battery pack should have a lifespan of 2,000,000 km (1,242,742 miles).
TopElectricSUV understands that the Zeekr brand would cater to the premium to luxury BEV segment whereas Lynk & Co caters to the premium hybrid + ICE segment followed by the new mobility segment in Europe. Zeekr will target the segment which holds a monthly volume of about 50,000 electric cars.
The launch of the Zeekr 001 will be held shortly and customer deliveries are to commence in September, TopElectricSUV understands.
Geely Auto Group is one of the six verticals of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, comprising Geely Auto, Link & Co, Geometry, Proton, Lotus, and smart brands. Zeekr is a new addition to this business division. Geely Automobile Holdings and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group will jointly own it in a 51:49 ratio. According to the official announcement, Zeekr is “a new electric mobility technology and solutions company.” It is one more addition to Zhejiang Geely Holding Group’s complex structure, which looked like this before its announcement:
Using the parent company’s SEA platform, Zeekr will launch a wide range of high-tech EVs that offer luxury-class comfort and performance. The battery technologies, battery management systems, electric motor technologies, and EV supply chain support will be its own, though. It will launch one new EV every year for five years.
According to an earlier post on CarNewsChina.com Facebook page, Zeekr EVs will be sold exclusively online, with retail locations, possibly only for display and/or deliveries in big cities. The same was the plan for Lynk & Co models, but they are being sold via the regular dealerships now, the page notes.
Geely plans to sell Zeekr EVs in only China initially, but it will consider exporting them at a later stage. Expect the brand to launch electric crossovers and SUVs to challenge global models from Tesla, Nissan, Volkswagen and Stellantis in due course.
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