Zeekr 001 — Zeekr

This $60k, 641-Mile Range EV Is Ready To Upend The Automotive World

The Zeekr 001 Qilin is no longer a rumour.

Will Lockett
4 min readJan 12, 2023

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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…

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Will Lockett

Independent journalist covering global politics, climate change and technology. Get articles early at www.planetearthandbeyond.co