Geely‘s pure electric vehicle brand, Zeekr, started pre-sales in Germany during Munich Auto Show on Monday. Zeekr’s sedan 001 and the brand’s SUV, Zeekr X will be offered to the German buyers for 59,990 euros (64,000 USD) and 44,990 euros (48,500 USD) respectively. For comparison, 001’s starting pricer in China is 299,000 yuan (41,000 USD), while X is offered at 189,800 yuan (26,100 USD).
Despite Zeekr’s models being available for orders now, the German customers will have to wait until next year as the Zhejiang manufacturer plans to open first store in the first half of the next year, when the first deliveries are also expected.
Germany is the third European country, where Zeekr’s models are available. In June this year, the EV brand started sales in Netherlands and Sweden, where it also offered the two models. The 001 was offered for 500 euros (540 USD) less than in Germany, while the X has the same price. The first direct sales stores in the two countries will be open at the end of the year in Stockholm and Amsterdam.
Zeekr’s future plans include expansion into Norway, Denmark and France with an aim to cover majority of the major European market by 2026. Geely’s brand also plans to enter Middle Eastern markets in the last quarter of the year. Israel will be the first country to see Zeekr’s models.
The first batch of 001s for the European market was shipped last week.The version for the Old Continent was developed in cooperation with Zeekr’s European R&D center, China Europe Vehicle Technology (CEVT) with an aim to meet local regulatory standards. European 001 rolled off production line in Zeekr’s smart plant in Ningbo beginning of the month. One of the upgrades in the version is the on-board AC charger that will support power of 22 kW.
About Zeekr 001 and Zeekr X
Zeekr 001 is a liftback with dimensions of 4970/1999/1560 mm and a wheelbase of 3000 mm. It has two options. The first one is RWD with 272 hp and the second one has 544 hp. The battery also comes in two options. The smaller one has a capacity of 86 kWh with a CLTC range of 546 km. It comes with 4WD only. The second battery option is a 100-kWh pack for 741 km of CLTC range in the RWD-version and 656 km with 4WD. The biggest battery of the 001 has a capacity of 140 kWh. It comes with rear-wheel drive only. And its range reaches 1,032 km (CLTC).
Zeekr X is an electric hatchback with 4450/1836/1572 mm chassis that sits on 2750 mm wheelbase. Aside from the size, the Zeekr X has a lot in common with Smart #1. They share the same SEA architecture. Moreover, their electric motors and the battery are made by the same manufacturer that is VREMT (Viridi E-Mobility Technology), a company fully owned by Geely. The X offers two options. The first one has a 200-kW (272 hp) electric motor on the rear axle. It can speed up from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.8 seconds. As for the second option, it has two e-motors with a total power of 315 kW (428 hp). Its zero-to-hundred acceleration is 3.7 seconds. As for the battery, it is ternary (NMC) with 66 kWh capacity. The RWD models got a 560 km of CLTC range, and the 4WD model can run up to 512 km on a single charge.