Nidec Corporation has announced that Ni200Ex, the company’s 200kW, e-axle traction motor system, is fitted to the ZEEKR 001, an electric vehicle just released by Geely Automobile Group, under its premium brand, “Zeekr.”

Developed based on the Sea (Sustainable Experience Architecture), which is the EV platform created by Geely Automobile Group’s ZEEKR Intelligent Technology, ZEEKR 001 is described as a premium EV of the shooting brake segment (4,970mm in length x 1,999mm in width x 1,560mm in height).

The customer can choose either a single-motor or a dual-motor type (with a motor installed in the vehicle’s front and the rear, respectively). In the latter’s case, the maximum output is 400kW, with a maximum torque of 768Nm, a 0-100km/h sprint of 3.8 seconds, and a maximum speed of 200km/h. With an 86kWh or a 100kWh battery installed, ZEEKR 001 can travel up to 712km (on the NEDC mode), while its battery can accommodate rapid charging of up to 360kW. The vehicle can travel 120km after a five-minute battery charging.

The sale of this vehicle in China is slated for 2021, while its global sale is set to start in 2022.

Ni200Ex, Nidec’s E-Axle to be installed in ZEEKR 001, is the third model in the Company’s E-Axle series, and the vehicle is the first one to adopt the traction motor system. Though the company, based on its E-Axle lineup plan, was initially planning to start mass-producing Ni200Ex in 2023, it accelerated the plan significantly in time for ZEEKR 001’s market launch, to initiate the mass production in August of 2021.

Created out of Ni150Ex’s basic structure, Ni200Ex is described by Nidec as a compact unit that adopts a light, thin, short, and small motor’s structure that is based on the magnetic circuit design-derived knowhow and unique motor oil-cooling structure. They are both cultivated in the development of small precision motors. Also, with an optimized design that employs second-generation inverters and other components, Ni200Ex contributes significantly to improving ZEEKR 001’s power, electricity consumption, and noise & vibration performances, and reducing the vehicle’s weight, Nidec says.