It’s official, the Chinese firm Zeekr is finally starting deliveries of its electric sedan with a range of 1,000 kilometers. First sold in China, the 001 will then be marketed in Europe with less impressive figures.
In addition to Volvo, Lotus or Lynk & Co, the Chinese group Geely has another lesser known brand, but which will soon take Europe by storm. This is Zeekr, which has already formalized no less than three models in its range and is preparing its offensive.
The firm unveiled its 001 last year, a rival to the Tesla Model 3, which expands the range alongside the Zeekr 009, which takes the form of a large electric van, currently only reserved for the market. Chinese. This will not be the case for the sedan, which plans to come to Europe.
An arrival planned for the course of the year, in the Netherlands and in Sweden, during the fourth quarter. On the other hand, customers in the Middle Kingdom are already starting to be served. On his page Weibothe Chinese equivalent of Facebook, Zeekr officially announces the start of deliveries of the sedan.
Finally, rather of a particular version. And not just any, since it is the top of the range, the one that promises to be able to travel 1,034 kilometers on a single charge. It is indeed equipped with a battery supplied by the Chinese giant CATL, which is beginning to establish itself in Europe. It is named Qilin CTP 3.0 and adopts technology cell-to-packwhich means that the cells are integrated into the chassis.
This boasts record autonomy on the market thanks to its 140 kWh battery, which allows it to get closer to Nio with its 150 kWh semi-solid battery planned for this summer. But pay attention all the same to this very enticing figure, because it is understood according to the Chinese CLTC cycle, much more optimistic than our European WLTP. Thus, the Zeekr 001 should rather be homologated around 900 kilometers when it arrives here.
Cheaper than a Model 3
The new Zeekr 001 will also be available in other versions with smaller batteries and a range of 741 kilometers CLTC, which equates to approximately 600 kilometers according to the WLTP cycle. A figure higher than most cars currently sold on the market.
Especially since the sedan is intended to be rather affordable, as the site reveals. It Home. The latter announces a prize of 300,000 yuan, which is equivalent to 39,000 according to the current exchange rate. A price that could logically be revised upwards when it is launched in Europe. The version with the longest battery life starts at 403,000 yuan, or 53,061 euros.
The manufacturer does not intend to stop there, since it has also lifted the veil on its Zeekr X, which inherits the SEA platform from the Smart #1. This will be launched in Europe to compete with the Volkswagen ID.3 and the future BYD Seagull. The firm plans to launch two new products per year until 2025 on the Old Continent.
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