Report: Geely to launch high-end electric pickup

Report: Geely to launch high-end electric pickup-launch

Geely is expected to introduce a new premium pickup brand that could compete with products like the Rivian R1T. The brand could emerge from Geely‘s hived-off commercial vehicle business, which could be deliberately placed in the premium segment in the future. According to reports, the first e-pickup can already be expected in the second half of 2022.

At this point, it’s not clear if Geely is just developing an electric pickup truck for the Chinese market, or if it’s a truly global model that would also be offered in the US. Geely announced on January 1. November 2021 announced its new strategic plan – Smart Geely 2025 Strategy – with the aim of increasing vehicle sales to 3.65 million per year from 2025 (10.000 per day). That would be significantly more than the 1.32 million in 2020. In addition, Polestar and Volvo are boosting e-car sales, especially in Europe.

At the beginning of the year, the manufacturer announced that by 2025 the Geely Group will achieve annual sales of 3.65 million Geely Auto, Lynk & Co, Geometry and Zeekr vehicles. The premium electric vehicle brand Zeekr alone is expected to have annual sales of 650 by 2025.reach 000 vehicles. It is interesting that Geely also relies on the technology of battery replacement – 5.000 stations are to be set up in 100 cities in China by 2025. Around 100 are already installed.

Back to the Geely electric pickup. This could possibly be based on the SEA Commercial (SEA-C) platform for vehicles between 3.5 and 5.5 tons. According to the latest information, this includes the construction of minibuses and pickup trucks on one platform. These could have batteries with a capacity of 86 or 100 kWh. A media report from Paultan says the SEA platform will allow the installation of a range extender that “will not take the form of a conventional car engine, but will instead be positioned in a smaller form at the rear of the vehicle in place of an electric motor.”. The combination of an electric motor with a range extender should save around 1.000 km according to NEDC can be achieved. Similar to Tesla’s plans, the models are to be manufactured on the basis of the SEA platform in unibody construction. In other words, the built-in battery pack itself is used to reinforce the structure.

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