This $60k, 641-Mile Range EV Is Ready To Upend The Automotive World
To curtail the catastrophe that is climate change, nearly every nation across the world is phasing out their fossil-fuel-guzzling vehicles and embracing EVs. But, as it stands, many of these EV vehicles are seriously compromised due to their high price, reduced range, or small sizes. As such, the door remains wide open for a sea change in the EV industry. Zeekr, a sister company of Volvo, seems to have leapt at this opportunity with their latest model, delivering the complete package for a staggeringly affordable price. So the question has to be asked: Is Zeekr about to revolutionise the EV world?
You may not have heard of Zeekr, but they have been causing waves in the Chinese EV market. Their 001 model has been on sale in China since 2021 and has a 100 kWh battery pack, a 435-mile range, a 3.8-second 0–60 mph time, a 350 kW charge rate, and a massive 810-litre boot space for only the equivalent of $48,000. These specs are already miles ahead of comparable price competition like the Model 3, and as a result, demand has been so high that the company had to shut down pre-orders!
But we have known for a while now that the 001 would get even better. Last year, news broke that Zeekr and CATL (the world’s largest battery manufacturer) were partnering up, and the 001 would be the first mass-production car to use CATL’s astonishing Qilin battery. This battery is incredibly volumetrically dense, so much so that 1,000 km (600 mile+) range EVs are possible. But it is also remarkably thermally efficient and can charge from 10% to 80% in only 10 minutes (read more here). We knew this upgraded 001 was going to be epic, but we had no idea of the price implications or its actual specs. That is, until now.
Recently, we learned that the single motor variant of the 001 with the Qilin battery pack will have a massive 140 kWh battery pack, a 10% to 80% charge time of only 30 minutes (bearing in mind the size of the battery here), a range of 641 miles (on the CLTC cycle), and a price of only $60,000 at its American dollar equivalent. What’s more, there is a high-performance dual-motor version that has a slightly smaller range but can do 0–60 mph in only 3.8 seconds for a mere $70k.