Another One: Geely Announces Zeekr EV Brand

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky

Geely Auto Group has announced the formation of an electric technology firm and automotive brand called Zeekr Company Limited. With the Chinese group already holding numerous mobility-focused brands with a penchant for electrification, it’s a bit curious to see it launching another one. But Geely has indicated that Zeekr will be aimed at the premium EV market using a similar business model as Lynk & Co.

That likely means selling vehicles as a service, rather than a product owned by the driver — something we’ve been incredibly wary of since the industry starting mulling over things like subscription services and online sales. Owned jointly owned by Geely Automobile Holdings and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, the plan is to start launching products in China before the end of 2021. It’s quite the swift turnaround, leading us to believe there will be some platform sharing with other Geely-owned automotive brands. New product is said to be introduced every twelve months over the next five years.

From Geely:

Under the plans, Zeekr will use Geely Holding Group’s leading Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA) and will include its own battery technologies, battery management systems, electric motor technologies and electric vehicle supply chain support. By utilizing SEA technologies, Zeekr vehicles will be able to offer software upgrades throughout the lifetime of every vehicle through Over the Air Upgrades as well as offering an unrivalled luxury vehicle experience in terms of comfort and performance.

Zeekr will become the latest electrification initiative within the wider Geely Holding Group, in which other companies such as Volvo have recently announced ambitious zero-emission strategies. Other electrified vehicle brands within Geely Holding, including Lynk & Co, Polestar, LEVC, Geometry and Lotus Cars are also continuing to expand in different market segments, providing consumers with a wide range of electrified products and unique business offerings.

There’s not much to go on beyond Geely’s assurance that Zeekr will be providing luxury-minded products and have a decent lineup by 2025. While the promise of the Sustainable Experience Architecture could similarly lead to entirely new products, the manufacturer frequently leans upon badge-engineered products. Zeekr cars may just turn out to be slightly nicer versions of the same vehicles sold by Geely’s other brands. For now, China is the only market on the horizon. But the Geely said it had larger aspirations for the new company and was actively exploring “opportunities to satisfy global market demand for premium electric vehicles.”

[Images: Jenson/Shutterstock; Geely Auto]

Matt Posky
Matt Posky

A staunch consumer advocate tracking industry trends and regulation. Before joining TTAC, Matt spent a decade working for marketing and research firms based in NYC. Clients included several of the world’s largest automakers, global tire brands, and aftermarket part suppliers. Dissatisfied with the corporate world and resentful of having to wear suits everyday, he pivoted to writing about cars. Since then, that man has become an ardent supporter of the right-to-repair movement, been interviewed on the auto industry by national radio broadcasts, driven more rental cars than anyone ever should, participated in amateur rallying events, and received the requisite minimum training as sanctioned by the SCCA. Handy with a wrench, Matt grew up surrounded by Detroit auto workers and managed to get a pizza delivery job before he was legally eligible. He later found himself driving box trucks through Manhattan, guaranteeing future sympathy for actual truckers. He continues to conduct research pertaining to the automotive sector as an independent contractor and has since moved back to his native Michigan, closer to where the cars are born. A contrarian, Matt claims to prefer understeer — stating that front and all-wheel drive vehicles cater best to his driving style.

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  • CBXweb CBXweb on Mar 24, 2021

    Zeekr sounds like a nasty lockroom term.

  • RHD RHD on Mar 26, 2021

    We don't really need Zeekr. We already have Geekr (Tesla), Meekr (Kia), Reekr (which can be found on any Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace), Beekr (Audi, BMW or whatever dentists are driving), Seekr (Jeep), Peekr (white van driven by the local pervert), and Weekr (anything with a CVT).

  • Rover Sig We have a car with two fake exhausts in the bumper, but a large shiny muffler visible hanging down on one side, not aligned with the fake exhaust exits. Horrendous. I had to paint the shiny muffler with high-temp black paint to make it less visible. Exhaust pipes were meant to be round and hang below the bumper, and they can be made quiet or loud as the engineers like. But fake exhausts rank down there with fake intake vents on the side of that old Buick.
  • EBFlex Of course it does. What a silly question
  • Buickman Elon is a phony.
  • The Oracle When elected, Trump will carve out massive loopholes for Elon and other donors.
  • CaddyDaddy It's a shame the 4.9L did not remain a "Credit" option for the Cadillac line. I'm imagining there would be more STS, DeVille Concourses, ETC's and Allantes running around. We were a GM fam 'till the N* issues, other than my 96 Caprice, its been Blue Oval ever since.
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