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NewsZeekr Unveils 1,265-HP Zeekr 001 FR, Challenging Tesla Model S Plaid

Zeekr Unveils 1,265-HP Zeekr 001 FR, Challenging Tesla Model S Plaid

Geely-owned Zeekr introduces the high-performance Zeekr 001 FR, boasting 1,265 horsepower, torque vectoring, and rapid charging capabilities.


·      Zeekr, owned by Geely, introduces the Zeekr 001 FR as a direct competitor to the Tesla Model S Plaid.

·      The Zeekr 001 FR features four silicon carbide electric motors delivering 1,265 horsepower.

·      With an acceleration time of 2.07 seconds to 62 mph, it rivals the Tesla Model S Plaid’s acceleration performance.


Zeekr, a subsidiary of Geely Group, has unveiled its contender to challenge the dominance of the Tesla Model S Plaid in the high-performance electric vehicle (EV) market. The new model, named Zeekr 001 FR, is a powerful machine that aims to combine impressive power, agility, and rapid charging capabilities.

Zeekr 001 FR | Photo : Zeekr

The Zeekr 001 FR is based on the Zeekr 001 mid-size liftback, which recently entered the European market. However, the 001 FR takes the performance game to an entirely new level. While the regular Zeekr 001 offers 536 horsepower from a dual-motor powertrain, the 001 FR adopts a quad-motor setup with four silicon carbide electric motors, producing an astounding 1,265 horsepower.

Zeekr 001 | Photo: Zeekr

The Zeekr 001 FR’s acceleration is remarkable, claiming to reach 62 miles per hour from a standstill in just 2.07 seconds, though this is stated to be “in a rolling start scenario.” This suggests a possible rollout involved in the measurement. In comparison, the Tesla Model S Plaid achieves 0 to 60 mph in 1.99 seconds with a one-foot rollout. It’s also notable that the 1,234-horsepower Lucid Air Sapphire claims a 0-60 time of 1.89 seconds without mentioning a rollout. While the details of Zeekr’s rollout length are undisclosed, these three EVs appear to be closely matched in terms of acceleration.

Zeekr 001 | Photo: Zeekr

Beyond acceleration, the Zeekr 001 FR offers advanced torque vectoring capabilities due to its distributed quad e-drive design and proprietary software and hardware technologies. This design allows maximum power distribution to each wheel and quick power adjustments, ensuring a dynamic driving experience. Notably, the Zeekr 001 FR can even perform tank turns, much like the Rivian R1T, further showcasing its agility.

Zeekr 001 FR | Photo : Zeekr

Charging efficiency is another highlight of the Zeekr 001 FR. Equipped with a 100-kilowatt-hour CATL Qilin battery pack and an enhanced 800-volt electrical system, the vehicle can charge from 10 to 80 percent in only 15 minutes, enhancing practicality and reducing downtime during long trips.

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With an aggressive body kit featuring lightweight carbon fiber components, the Zeekr 001 FR optimizes aerodynamics and downforce. This performance-oriented EV also integrates a satellite communications pack and unique interior designs.

Zeekr 001 FR | Photo : Zeekr

The Zeekr 001 FR is scheduled for delivery in China starting October 2023, with production capped at 99 units monthly. Pricing is anticipated to be above 1 million yuan (approximately $137,750), positioning it competitively against the Tesla Model S Plaid, which begins around $147,000 in China. While it’s uncertain if the Zeekr 001 FR will be available outside China, its entry into the market signals a new contender in the high-performance EV segment.


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