Zeekr first EV promised 600-mile range
If you are fond of electric cars, you must be familiar with the brand Geeley’s. Zeekr, which is one of the version from Geeley has declared that it is going to be the very first recipient of CATL’s advanced Qilin battery. The announcement of the release of this battery was made in June. It is the third generation cell to pack battery from CATL’s. It is said to have energy density of 0.255 kwh / kilogram of the weight. Also it has additional 13% better power delivery in comparison to the 4680 type battery used in Tesla version.
Zeekr’s 001 hatch will be using this battery by the second quarter of 2023. It has advised that the range for the biggest battery will be more than 1000 km which is roughly 621 miles. Currently used Zeekr 001 is having 100 kwh batter pack which has an estimated range of 700 km. These range estimated are calculated based on the test cycle which is being used in China Also these are also checked on even stricter test cycle by EPA in the US. With the arrival of this battery, there is bound to be completion with the Lucid Air Dream Edition which is the current range king with the estimate of 520 mile.
One more thing which needs to be cleared is that 001 will not be the first vehicle under Zeekr which will be using the Qilin battery. The first vehicle to use this battery will be Zeekr’s 009 minivan which will go into production from the first quarter of 2023. But the range of this has not been announced yet. It is most likely to be lower than the 001’s 1000km figure.
CATL is known to be the world largest manufacturer of EV batteries. It has market share of 34.4% which was measured at the end of the very first quarter. This is actually more than the double the market shared occupied by LG Energy solution which is at the second place with 15.9%. CATL is already catering to large number of major automobile companies like Tesla, Toyota, Volvo etc .
They are developing batteries which will be able to last more than a million miles.