Tesla is about to lose its throne because of a Chinese car company?

Chinese automobile group – Geely has just revealed a few more details about its new electric car model capable of traveling more than 1,000 km on a single charge. The starting price of this electric vehicle is 43,500 USD.

More specifically, according to sources from CarNewsChinathere are a total of 4 Zeekr 001 versions with upgraded battery packs this year with announced operating ranges of 546 km, 656 km, 741 km and 1,032 km on a single charge respectively.

Notably, the updated version of Zeekr 001 uses a rear-wheel drive system with a range of over 1,000 km thanks to the newly upgraded 140 kWh battery pack from CATL and is also the battery supplier for Tesla electric car models.

However, many sources say that the Geely automobile group will only produce a limited number of 1,000 Zeekr 001 units with the largest operating range in the Chinese market with a starting price of 55,900 USD.

Currently, the Zeekr 001 electric vehicle is only being tested in the CTLC cycle in China. Thus, the operating range mentioned above will likely be less when operating in real conditions. Besides, if compared with China’s CTLC cycle, it also produces less accurate results than the WLTP testing cycle being used in Europe.

In addition, this Chinese automobile group also currently holds the record for an electric car model performing a rear drift at a speed of 207 km/h. This result was recognized by the Guinness World Organization in 2021. Geely confirmed that it will deliver the first Zeekr 001 2023 version orders in the second quarter of this year.

Previously, Tesla was fined a huge amount of money for exaggerating the operating range of its electric vehicles

Previously, the Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) had just said that they would fine Tesla a fine of 2.85 billion Won (equivalent to 2.2 million USD) for not notifying customers about the possibility of a car crash. This company’s electric cell has reduced operating range in low temperature conditions.

According to KFTC, this information has been displayed by Tesla on its website in Korea since August 2019 until now. In the latest statement, KFTC said that when the weather became cold, the operating range of electric cars produced by Tesla decreased by 50.5% compared to what was advertised by Elon Musk’s car company. online. It can be said that the operating range of electric vehicles in winter is always a challenge for any car manufacturer, not just Tesla.

On its website, Tesla only provides tips for driving in winter, such as warming up the car and passenger compartment before departure via an external power source, or instructions on how to use an app to monitor fuel levels. energy consumption. However, there have not been any notes about the company’s electric cars having reduced operating range when the temperature falls below 0 degrees Celsius.

Still, electric cars are popular in cold countries like Norway, where about 80% of cars sold last year were pure battery electric vehicles. Notably, Tesla is the car company that holds the largest market share in the Nordic country.

No matter what you say, Tesla’s electric cars are still the most searched for in 2022

LeaseFetcher, a UK-based car rental and comparison platform that collects Google search data in the US and worldwide. Global results show that the upcoming Tesla Roadster is the most anticipated electric car of 2022, with nearly 7 million searches. Equivalent to 580,000 searches per month worldwide.

Following closely behind is another upcoming product from Tesla – the Cybertruck electric pickup model, with a total of 6,612,000 searches in 2022. This is quite a surprising result, because both the second generation Roadster and Cybertruck have both been introduced for quite some time but have not yet gone into production due to supply issues.

Tesla also appeared on the list of most anticipated electric cars worldwide last year with the Model 3 and Tesla Model Y models. Besides, there are the electric car models Volkswagen ID.4, GMC Hummer EV, Cadillac Lyriq , Apple Car, Kia EV6, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Porsche Taycan, Rivian R1T and Polestar 2 are also on the list of most anticipated electric cars.

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