Geely introduces the new SEA electric vehicle platform with flair. This is the Zeekr 001, the first zero-emission vehicle now being manufactured in China, with deliveries imminent. A premium-class electric automobile with a sleek design greatly inspired by Lynk & Co and packed with advanced technologies.
The Zeekr 001 is a newly created electric vehicle that has re-entered production at a Chinese facility in Ningbo, fulfilling the deadlines set by Geely when it introduced the model to the public at the Shanghai Motor Show in mid-April. An argument is that a premium vehicle is in severe peril in Europe.
The first manufactured unit has just left the assembly lines, joining a batch that will lead the way to the dealers of the Asian giant in the coming days, since October 23 is the date that Geely has indicated on the calendar to begin the deliveries to customers, who are waiting for what would have been the flagship of Lynk & Co if Geely had not decided to give it its own brand name, Zeekr.
Just as it will come on the Old Continent in 2022 with a contemporary and elite design on a body with a highly athletic form and an expressive coupé shape at the rear, so will it arrive in China in 2022. The inside of the 001 has a contemporary, minimalist aesthetic and is packed with technology in all areas. Large panels with over-the-air updates and enhanced security assistance dominate the dashboard.
The new Zeekr 001 was designed by Chinese engineers on the new SEA electric car platform, which is adaptable to a variety of body styles and market segments. It features a spacious interior devoid of annoying intrusions and sports-car-like driving dynamics thanks to a low center of gravity and a perfect 50:50 weight distribution. Standard on the new electric vehicle will be a pneumatic suspension system with five degrees of real-time adjustability based on the road surface.
The most intriguing aspect of the new Zeekr 001, however, is its propulsion system, which is equipped with two electric motors totaling 400 kW, which is equal to 545 horsepower and maximum torque of 768 Nm, and with heart-stopping performance: 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds.
Caution is advised, since the Chinese behemoth has not revealed variants with less power, indicating that it offers the most unique models available on the market. And it is sufficient to note that its 100 kWh battery will provide a maximum range of 712 kilometers and can be recharged to 80 percent in only 30 minutes.
With an expected sales volume of 70,000 units in China in 2022, the brand wants to acquire at least 650,000 consumers worldwide by 2025.
To obtain such a large number, the brand will sell its goods throughout the United States and Europe. Those with reservations about what this new brand will provide should rest assured since many of its components will be shared with Volvo.
Many would have noticed a striking similarity between the new Zeekr 001 and the Lynk&Co 01, which is offered in Spain, at first sight. Both versions share a number of features and components, a need in order to keep prices down.
The Zeekr 001 is equipped with two electric motors that provide 544 CV of power and propel the 4.97-meter-long vehicle with exceptional efficiency. To give you a sense of the situation, it takes 3.8 seconds to reach 100 kilometers per hour from a stop.
One of the most notable features of the new Zeekr 001 is its high degree of finish, which, in many respects, puts it on par with Volvo, exhibiting outstanding materials and modifications. The model’s claimed autonomy of 700 kilometers on the NEDC cycle will also be a major selling point.
It is expected that they will begin their growth in nations with a large demand for electric automobiles, such as the United Kingdom, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, France, and Switzerland, but this is currently unknown. In a second phase, Spain, Italy, and Portugal might be among the “selected.”