New Zeekr 001 To come with LFP battery, MIIT confirms

New Zeekr 001 To come with LFP battery, MIIT confirms

Zeekr is preparing for a big update to its flagship model, the Zeekr 001. We got an early look at what’s new behind the familiar veneer thanks to the most recent MIIT release.

Following regular process, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) published its most recent catalog of approved models for public feedback. Members of the public can submit input from January 16 to January 22. The Zeekr 001 is included in the most recent file because it has significant changes that necessitate fresh regulatory approval.

For starters, the updated Zeekr 001 receives a significant performance bump. The new Zeekr 001 has a single motor with a maximum power output of 310 kW (415 hp), which is 110 kW (147 hp) greater than the current model. The dual-motor variant adds a second motor to the front axle with a maximum power of 270 kW for a combined output of 580 kW, resulting in 777 hp and 233 hp more than the current 001. The top speed is 240 kilometres per hour, which is a significant increase over the existing version’s 200 km/h.

New Zeekr 001 To come with LFP battery, MIIT confirms

The new Zeekr 001 measures 4,977 mm in length, which is 7 mm longer than the current model due to the redesigned bumpers. While the width remained fixed at 1,999 mm, the height increased from 1,545 mm to 1,560 mm. The wheelbase remains at 3,005 millimeters.

The other major change with the new Zeekr 001 is the battery options. Buyers can select between lithium ternary and lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries sourced from CATL and Zeekr’s subsidiary, Jidian. The highlight here is the LFP-based “Golden Battery,” which was unveiled on December 14. This battery, manufactured at Jidian’s plant in Quzhou, Zhejiang province, is intended to perform better and last longer.

The latest version weighs between 2,385 kg and 2,575 kg, depending on whatever variant you select. This is an increase above the previous model’s weight range of 2,200 – 2,350 kilograms.

New Zeekr 001 To come with LFP battery, MIIT confirms

The new Zeekr 001 includes optional LiDAR and air suspension, which are not available in the existing model.

The 001 is by far the company’s best-selling car, accounting for 64% of all sales in 2023. Zeekr sold around 8,000 001s in December alone, so it’s understandable that company wants to keep the enthusiasm going with a new model.

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