Geely’s Geometry EX3: ‘most affordable five-seater EV’
Chinese Geely Auto Group, the parent company to Volvo, Polestar, Lotus, and Lynk & Co, is to launch via another daughter, Geometry, the ‘most affordable five-seater EV’ on the local market. For as little as 59 700 yuan (€7 877), the compact Geometry EX3 with its 37,23 kWh battery should offer a 322 km range and DC charging 0-80% in under 30 minutes.
So far, no concrete plans to bring the pure electric Geometry brand (Jihe in Chinese) to Europe, but the press release mentions that Geely “will look to export markets in due course.” The EX3 is an electric crossover based on the Geely Vision X3 and will join the Geometry A sedan and Geometry C cross-over in the lineup. The latter is offered at prices starting at 129 800 yuan, the equivalent of just under 16 000 euros.
With room to spare
The new EX3 measures just over 4 meters and is 1 760 mm wide and 1 575 mm high, featuring a wheelbase of 2 480 mm. That should accommodate five seats easily, the company says, with room to spare. “Maximizing space utilization, its 26 storage compartments allow occupants to store all their things with ease. In addition, the EX3 offers 500 liters of luggage space expandable to 1 050 liters with rear seats folded.”
“Aesthetically, the interior design was developed with young consumers in mind,” the press release states. “Adopting a two-tone black and blue color scheme with visually impactful fluorescent highlights, a stylish, clean, and sophisticated atmosphere is created. Suede-like soft-touch materials applied liberally throughout the interior and ergonomically designed seats provide occupants with a more comfortable ride experience.”
70 kW electric motor
It has a digital 10.25 inch LCD instrument panel and 8 inches floating central infotainment panel. It comes with Geely’s G-Link system providing mobile device mirroring, navigation, music streaming, in-car wifi, and other applications.
The powertrain is a 70 kW electric motor providing 180 Nm of torque and ‘a highly efficient regenerative braking system’. With its 37 kWh battery, an NEDC range of 322 km is promised. It can fast-charge on DC in less than 30 minutes from 0 to 80%.
While Geometry seems to be positioned at the lower end of the EV market, Geely presented in March of this year the high-end brand Zeekr. This one aims for the premium segment in the Chinese market first, and to be exported later eventually. It follows a ‘light asset strategy’. It means that Zeekr serves as a brand with production through contract manufacturers or at other Geely plants.
Zeekr premium brand
In April, it officially unveiled its first model, the production version of the Zero Concept presented last year by sister company Lynk & Co. Geely describes this Zeekr 001 as an all-electric ‘shooting brake’, ready to hit the markets in China this autumn. Geely foresees deliveries in other countries by 2022.
The Zeekr electric car uses Geely’s SEA (Sustainable Experience Architecture) electric platform. The 001 features electric motors on the front and rear axles, with a maximum output of 400 kW. Zeekr will offer battery variants with 86 kWh and 100 kWh capacity at launch. The latter is said to enable a range of 700 kilometers, but this is presumably the more optimistic NEDC value still customary in China.