Will the new ZEEKR 001 usher in a new era of high-performance EVs?

On February 27, 2024, the all-new ZEEKR 001 officially hit the market, undergoing a transformative evolution from its architecture to its tri-electric power, body, cockpit, and smart drive, heralding the era of Hunt 2.0. The ZEEKR 001 comes standard with a full-stack 800V high-voltage system, and the charging multiple of its high-capacity battery can reach up to 5C. Simultaneously, coupled with Extreme Charge V3, the ZEEKR 001’s energy replenishment and endurance performances are globally leading. Let’s take a look at the astonishing performance that the ZEEKR 001 can bring us with Extreme Charge V3.

The Innate Potency of the All-New ZEEKR 001

Let’s first look at the all-new ZEEKR 001. The all-new ZEEKR 001 comes standard with an 800V high-voltage system that can achieve:

Faster charging speed: With a 95 Degree Godspeed Battery paired with Extreme Charge V3, the battery can charge from 10% to 80% in just 11.5 minutes and a 5-minute charge will increase the range by 256km. Similarly, a 5-minute charge of the 100 Degree Kirin battery will also increase the range by 210km.

More Reliable Endurance: Under the 800V architecture, all operational components generate less heat, resulting in lower losses, reducing power consumption and providing more realistic endurance.

Stronger Performance: The four-wheel drive version can accelerate from 0-100 in 3.3 seconds, with a maximum power of 580 kW and maximum torque of 810 N·m. As long as the battery SOC is over 50%, the motor can output at full power.

More Potent Discharge Capacity: V2V direct current discharge can reach 60kW, providing emergency support for other vehicles on the road.

Furthermore, the all-new ZEEKR 001 comes standard with the second generation full-field thermal management system PTM2.0. It allows the all-new ZEEKR 001 to have lower energy consumption and more efficient energy replenishment.

This system adopts a distributed thermal management architecture upgrade to a centralized architecture, a direct heat pump upgrade to an indirect heat pump system, bringing industry leading 22 operating modes. It can work at extremely low temperatures down to -30 °C. Even in a -10 °C environment, the battery can charge from 10% to 80% in just 30 minutes.

In addition, under different conditions, an intelligent thermal management algorithm can change the flow of the vehicle’s thermal energy, enhancing the level of thermal energy utilization, and heating the cabin/battery pack, and when connected to a charging gun, priority is given to using power from the charging pile to heat the cabin.

Fitted with PTM2.0, the all-new ZEEKR 001’s heat dissipation performance is enhanced by 40.1%, and its cooling performance exceeds that of an 11 horsepower air conditioner, meeting the demands of vigorous driving conditions.

Let’s have another look at the two types of battery packs carried by the all-new ZEEKR 001.

The brand new ZEEKR 001 has globally launched its 95-degree Godwalking battery pack in mass production, which can reach a charging rate of up to 5C, making it the fastest-charging lithium iron phosphate pure electric vehicle in the world. At the same time, this Godwalking battery pack has excellent low-temperature resistance, innovating in materials, structures, and systems throughout, and specifically introducing temperature control technology to achieve full-temperature flash charging, even at -10°C, it can be charged to 80% within 30 minutes, truly realizing normal charging at low temperatures.

The other battery pack is the familiar 100-degree Kirin battery pack, which has a maximum charging rate of 4C, and it takes only 15 minutes to charge from 10% to 80%. Charging for 5 minutes provides a range of 210km, and charging for 10 minutes provides a range of 390km. The ZEEKR 001 model equipped with the Kirin battery can reach up to 750km of range.

Brand-new Supercharge V3

Of course, to achieve a faster charging speed, the powerful hardware of ZEEKR 001 alone is not enough. Supercharge V3 is also needed.

Let’s first understand Supercharge V3, the highest power output charging pile in the world. The peak power of a single gun can reach 800kW. Although Supercharge V3 may look similar to other charging stations, it has upgraded and optimized over 130 internal structures in the pile, wire, gun, and cabinet to achieve a maximum output voltage of 1000V and a maximum output current of 800A.

Simultaneously, Supercharge V3 has adopted a non-insulated holistic immersion cooling technology. Its cables are also lighter, and it has been tested that it can be easily lifted without much effort, so it’s easy for everyone to operate.

Supercharge V3 Test Experience

This time we also got a first-hand experience of Supercharge V3. Let’s take a look at its performance in actual tests.

As you can see, the charging power displayed on the vehicle’s system after starting can reach over 500kW, and the peak power can reach around 540kW.

The test shows that the new ZEEKR 001 matched with Supercharge V3 only needs 11.5 minutes to charge from SOC 10% to 80%. This is incredibly fast. Imagine when you’re at a highway service area, and the charging needed from 10% to 80% can be completed in the time it takes to buy a cup of coffee. With such a charging speed, it could significantly ease our range anxiety.## ZEEKR ultra-fast charging and power supplement network and experiences

To fulfill this ambition, ZEEKR has speeded up the construction of its ultra-fast charging and power supplement network. As of March 31st, ZEEKR possessed 900 self-constructed charging stations with 5490 charging piles (excluding in-house stations), among which 456 stations with 2483 charging piles met ultra-fast charging standards(excluding in-house stations). ZEEKR is responsible for the highest quantity of 800V ultra-fast charging piles.

In order to enhance the user’s charging experience, ZEEKR is making even greater efforts. ZEEKR ensures all stations are ultra-fast charging with each pile operating at 800V, without constructing mixed-type stations. And based on the power intake condition of each vehicle being charged, intelligently allocates power in real-time to maximize the power pool’s usage. This prevents occupying slots and wasting resources.

Simultaneously ZEEKR has integrated the entire power supplement process into the vehicle’s smart ecosystem, with an intelligent connection between the vehicle and charging pile. Through smart pile searching, battery intelligent heating, and intelligent ground locks, it achieves a silky-smooth smart charging process from start to finish, without requiring the user to pick up their phone.

Moving from the product to power supplement network, to technical innovations for reducing energy consumption, ZEEKR always uses a systems thinking approach, alleviating the anxiety users may have about commuting. From vehicle to battery, to well-rounded charging ecosystem, ZEEKR 001 provides users with a worry-free commuting experience.

This article is a translation by AI of a Chinese report from 42HOW. If you have any questions about it, please email bd@42how.com.