Zeekr 001 Electric Shooting Brake launched in China Car News

The Zeekr 001 was revealed in China, with its creators claiming that it was the first electric shooting brake produced for the mass market.

Owned by Geely – the Chinese multinational behind Volvo, Polestar, Lotus and the London Electric Vehicle Company – Zeekr is a brand new premium-focused brand. The company says the 001 will ship to customers in China from October this year ahead of a global rollout in 2022.

The 001 will be offered with an 86 kWh or 100 kWh battery, providing up to 435 miles of range on a single charge. Zeekr plans to build a network of 2,200 charging stations across China by the end of 2023, claiming speeds of up to 360 kW.

That would add 75 miles of range in as little as five minutes, according to the firm, with digital payments made using the vehicle registration to identify each car.

Electric motors on the front and rear axles combine for 536 hp and over 516 lb-ft, resulting in a speed of 0-62 mph in 3.8 s and a top speed of over 124 mph. The 001 can brake 62 mph from a standstill in just 34m, according to the company.

Based on Geely’s SEA architecture – which will also be used for future electric models from Volvo and Polestar – the 001 is 4,970mm long, 1,999mm wide and 1,560mm high, with a wheelbase of 3,005mm. Its packaging creates up to 2,144 liters of luggage space.

Key features include an automatic air suspension that can increase ground clearance from 117mm to 205mm, depending on conditions, as well as doors that use facial recognition to detect approaching passengers, closing behind them when they enter the vehicle.

“The Zeekr brand is here to succeed in the premium EV segment,” said Andy An Conghui, CEO of Zeekr Technology. “We have the best resources of an automaker behind us, including an established supply chain and a large industrial footprint ready to start producing vehicles. We also benefit from a tech-driven mindset that drives us forward. We are here to provide consumers with a better electric vehicle experience. “

Zeekr plans to open two flagship showrooms in addition to 60 smaller venues in places like shopping malls in China, and shoppers will be able to use the Zeekr app to place orders.

Lifetime live updates are promised between four and six times a year. A battery rental and vehicle subscription model will also be introduced at a later date.

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This notice was published: 2021-04-15 15:54:05