Geely in March introduced plans for a brand new model specializing in premium electrical automobiles. Known as Zeekr (Ji Ke in China), the model has now revealed its first mannequin, a svelte sizzling hatch merely known as the 001. It made its world debut on Monday at Auto Shanghai 2021.
Wait, is not this only a new addition to fellow Geely model Lynk & Co.’s lineup? In spite of everything, the Zeekr 001 was badged as a Lynk & Co. when it was previewed as an idea final December. It seems Zeekr will likely be an electrical sister model to Lynk & Co., just like the connection between fellow Geely manufacturers Volvo and Polestar.
The 001, which works on sale in China this fall, is predicated on the Sustainable Expertise Structure (SEA) modular EV platform unveiled by Geely final yr. The versatile platform, which permits a variety of over 400 miles, will ultimately be utilized by most Geely manufacturers.
Geely SEA (Sustainable Expertise Structure) modular EV platform
The 001 measures near 191 inches in size and in range-topping guise packs a dual-motor powertrain good for 536 hp and 566 lb-ft of torque, or sufficient for 0-60 mph acceleration in underneath 4 seconds and a high pace of 124 mph. The most important battery is a 110-kilowatt-hour unit that ought to ship a variety approaching 400 miles. Different specs embody an 800-volt electrical system, air suspension, and a head-up show.
Extra fashions from Zeekr will observe in fast succession. Geely stated there will likely be at the least one new Zeekr launched yearly over the following 5 years. Zeekr will not have any of its personal vegetation however will outsource manufacturing to Geely which is stepping into the contract manufacturing sport.
Like Lynk & Co., Zeekr will initially function in China however ultimately develop to world markets, together with probably america. Pricing for the automobiles will begin round 300,000 yuan (roughly $46,000).
2021 Zeekr 001
To face out, Zeekr will likely be positioned as an EV expertise firm just like Tesla. As such, it should develop its personal core programs like batteries and battery administration programs, in addition to electrical motors. It’ll additionally set up its personal worth chain ultimately.
In contrast to a few of Geely’s different manufacturers, Zeekr will likely be absolutely owned by Geely and associated entities. Its possession will likely be break up 51:49 between Geely Holding and the Geely automotive model. Geely Holding Chairman and founder Li Shufu serves as chairman of Zeekr whereas An Conghui serves as CEO.
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