On August 27, CATL and ZEEKR jointly announced that ZEEKR is the first car brand to be powered by mass-produced Qilin batteries. ZEEKR 009 will be the world’s first car with Qilin inside, and ZEEKR 001 will be the world’s first model equipped with 1,000 km range Qilin batteries. The two companies have formed a five-year strategic partnership and agreed to strengthen the interaction between supply and demand on the basis of intensive cooperation to promote the technological progress of the new energy industry.
The Qilin batteries are based on CATL’s third-generation CTP technology. With a record-breaking volume utilization efficiency of 72% and an energy density of up to 255 Wh/kg, it achieves the highest system integration level in the world to date and can provide a range of over 1,000 km. By using the breakthrough large-area cell cooling technology, Qilin also supports hot start in 5 minutes and fast charge in 10 minutes. With the same chemical system and pack size, it can deliver 13% more power than the 4680 battery, providing comprehensive improvement in range, fast charging, safety, durability, efficiency and low temperature performance.
With market demand and user experience in mind, Qilin batteries, supported by the open and leading Sustainable Experience Architecture (SAE), can fully realize their energy efficiency and provide a perfect solution for pure electric driving. Models with Qilin inside free customers from worrying about EV battery range, charging and safety, and allow them to enjoy a comfortable driving experience.
“ZEEKR 009 with Qilin will be delivered to our customers in the first quarter of 2023, and ZEEKR 001 Qilin Edition will be launched in the second quarter of 2023. Backed by world-leading SEA and state-of-the-art Qilin batteries, we will be able to offer absolute driving pleasure to our customers,” said An Conghui, CEO of ZEEKR.
“Adhering to the principle of delivering solutions with joint efforts, we aim to enable automakers to build high-end global car brands with leading EV battery technologies and solutions, promoting the global transition to electric mobility,” said Dr. Robin Zeng, founder and chairman of CATL.
It is only 65 days until CATL unveils production models with Qilin inside after the battery’s launch, underscoring CATL’s commitment to market and customer demand for battery products with long range, ultra-fast charging and high safety. This is another milestone in the development of smart electric vehicles that will accelerate the transition to electric vehicles.
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