Zeekr To Use New CATL Batteries For Its Upcoming EVs With Over 621 Miles Of Range

Chinese electric car manufacturer Zeekr has reached an agreement with CATL to use the company’s new Qilin batteries.

CATL’s Qilin batteries are based on its third-generation CTP technology and have a volume utilization efficiency of 72 percent and an energy density of up to 255 Wh/kg. The batteries can provide an EV with over 621 miles (1,000 km) of range and feature advanced large-surface cell cooling technology. CATL claims it can deliver 13 percent more power than Tesla’s 4680 battery using the same chemical system and the same pack size.

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The first vehicle from Zeekr to use the advanced batteries will be the 009. Taking the form of a luxurious MPV, the Zeekr 009 will start to reach the hands of customers in the first quarter of 2023.

Zeekr 009

A handful of teasers of the vehicle have been released in recent weeks. They reveal that the 009 will adopt quite a radical design, complete with intriguing N-shaped LED headlights and complex LED taillights with a pronounced light bar. It will be underpinned by Geely’s Sustainable Experience Architecture.

The second model using CATL’s Qilin batteries will be a special version of the 001, Zeekr’s first production model. Simply dubbed the Qilin edition, it will be rolled out in the second quarter of 2023 and offer a range of over 621 miles (1,000 km).

Zeekr and CATL have agreed to a five-year strategic partnership that they say will strengthen the intersection of supply and demand, promoting “the technological advancement of the new energy industry.”

“Upholding the principle of delivering solutions with joint efforts, we are dedicated to enabling automakers to build global high-end car brands with leading EV battery technologies and solutions, thus promoting global e-mobility transition,” CATL founder and chairman Dr. Robin Zang said.

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