Geely's Zeekr 001 Enters Production In China

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. (Geely) today (October 19, 2021) officially started the production of its all-new, all-electric Zeekr 001 model – the first of the new Zeekr premium brand.

The production takes place at the new, highly-automated Zeekr Intelligent Factory in Ningbo, China, which according to the Chinese manufacturer, is the world’s most advanced vehicle factory.

“Areas such as the welding section are fully automated with over 300 robots carrying out the work with limited human intervention thanks to the factory utilizing an industrial grade 5G+ intelligent internet system that allows production to be planned, tracked and checked in a fully transparent manner.

In addition, the ZEEKR production process allows for continuous self-optimization, ensurig the quality of each ZEEKR product. For example; the welding production line adopts monitoring systems such as glue application visual guidance, online measurement, and ultrasonic self-inspection, and uses intelligent self-adaptation for welding control to continually improve the welding process.”

Customer deliveries will follow shortly – on October 23. According to reports from China, the company is expected to deliver up to 10,000 units by the end of 2021 (all of those are sold out).

“First deliveries of the ZEEKR 001 are expected to happen on 23rd of October, 2021 in the ZEEKR Intelligent Factory and through ZEEKR Experience Centers and ZEEKR Spaces across China. By 2021, ZEEKR will open two experience centers in Hangzhou and Shanghai. Hangzhou and Tianjin ZEEKR Space’s opened last month with 10 more to come online within weeks.”

Besides Zeekr Experience Centers and Zeekr Spaces, the brand will also open its own fast charging network with peak output of up to 360 kW (at about 800 V). Enough to add 120 km (75 miles) of range in 5 minutes, according to the manufacturer.

The plan is to launch more than 2,200 charging stations of various types with more than 20,000 charging stalls by 2023 under the Zeekr Power brand.

“ZEEKR will open ultra fast 360Kw charging stations in 10 cities by the end of 2021. 272 Cities will also have third party charging stations available for users. ZEEKR is always committed to creating the best user experience for existing and future users.”

Zeekr 001 specs:

  • Range (NEDC)/Battery options:
    86 kWh, AWD: 526 km (327 miles)
    100 kWh, RWD: 606 km (377 miles)
    100 kWh, AWD: 712 km (443 miles)
    lithium-ion cells supplied by CATL
    Z-Battery, 800 V battery system, liquid cooled
    heat pump
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds (AWD) or 6.9 seconds (RWD)
    braking from 100 to 0 km/h in 4.5 meters
  • top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph)
  • Drive units (Nidec Ni200Ex – one or two):
    single-motor RWD: 200 kW and 384 Nm
    dual-motor AWD: 400 kW and 768 Nm
  • DC fast charging from 10% to 80% within 30 minutes at up to 360 kW
    120 km (75 miles) of NEDC range in 5 minutes
  • Dimensions: length of 4.970 m, width of 1.999 m, height of 1.560 m and a wheelbase of 3.005 m
  • air suspension (ground clearance from 117mm to 205mm)
  • total luggage space of 2144 litres
  • Geely’s Sustainable Electric Architecture (SEA) platform

Gallery: Zeekr’s Intelligent Factory in Ningbo, China

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