Zeekr faucets CATL for promised 600-mile vary Qilin battery
Geely’s latest model for electrical autos, Zeekr, introduced this week will probably be the primary recipient of CATL’s superior Qilin battery.
Introduced in June, Qilin is CATL’s third-generation cell-to-pack battery and is promised with an power density of 0.255 kwh per kilogram of weight, plus 13% improved energy supply in comparison with the 4680-type battery utilized by Tesla.
Zeekr’s 001 scorching hatch will probably be geared up with the battery ranging from the second quarter of 2023, and the claimed vary for the largest battery will probably be greater than 1,000 km, or roughly 621 miles. The Zeekr 001 and its present 100-kwh battery has a 700-km vary estimate.
2023 Zeekr 001 to make use of CATL’s Qilin battery
The vary estimates are based mostly on the take a look at cycle utilized in China, however even with the stricter take a look at cycle utilized by the EPA, the arrival of the Qilin battery means we may very well be some competitors for the present vary king, the 520-mile Lucid Air Dream Version Vary.
The 001 will not be the primary car to make use of the Qilin battery, nevertheless. That honor will go to Zeekr’s lately revealed 009 minivan which fits into manufacturing within the first quarter of 2023. A variety estimate for the 009 hasn’t been introduced however will seemingly be decrease than the 001’s 1,000-km determine.
CATL is the world’s largest producer of EV batteries with a 34.4% market share measured on the finish of the primary quarter, with LG Vitality Answer coming in second at 15.9%. CATL already provides numerous the main automakers, together with a lot of the German manufacturers, in addition to Tesla, Toyota, and Volvo, and is growing batteries that may final greater than one million miles.