Geely unveiled a new 600 kW charging technology developed by its subsidiary Viridi E-mobility Technology (VREMT). The new fast charger is said to be able to provide up to 300km of electric range in just 5 minutes.
Fast charging technology is currently only available in China and is ready for mass production according to VREMT. The new fast charger is said to be 20% faster and can add 30% range.
So far, only Zeekr’s 001 EV can charge at this speed. This is thanks to the Qilin long range battery by Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL). The Kirin Battery will be mass-produced and expected to be on the market by 2023.
The upcoming Geely electric vehicle will also adopt CATL’s latest battery technology, which can recover up to 1,000 km of electric mileage. The Zeekr 001 EV will be the first production model with the new battery. Eventually they’ll find their way into the new Zeekr 009 EV MPV as well.
Long range is a result of efficient volume utilization and high energy density. The battery pack design enables strategic placement of various components such as structural protection, high voltage connections, and thermal vents, increasing battery capacity by 6%.
So far, we’ve seen XPeng Motors’ 480 kW fast charger deliver over 200 km of electric range on just 5 minutes of charging, but expect that to change soon!