ZEEKR, a Geely-backed automaker, unveiled the ZEEKR M-Vision concept vehicle built on ZEEKR's smart mobility platform, the SEA-M architecture, with expected mass production ready by 2024.
On November 17, Geely's electric vehicle brand ZEEKR (Chinese: 极氪汽车) officially unveiled ZEEKR M-Vision, the first driverless concept vehicle developed by the company. Meanwhile, ZEEKR also announced its unmanned electric vehicles' presence in Los Angeles, co-developed with the well-known global autonomous vehicle company Waymo.
The SEA-M platform used in ZEEKR M-Vision possesses a wheelbase falling between 2,700 mm and 3,300 mm, indicating a huge span and opening up possibilities for flexible seating arrangements from a luxury two-seat configuration all the way to a 9-seat commuter shuttle.
Founded in March 2021, ZEEKR is a premium EV brand of Geely Group (Chinese: 吉利集团), committed to being a user-driven tech company and satisfying global demand for premium electric vehicles.
ZEEKR successfully bagged USD 500 million through its pre-series A funding in August 2021, led by Intel Capital and followed by CATL (Chinese: 宁德时代), Cathay Fortune Corporation (Chinese: 鸿商集团), Bilibili (Chinese: 哔哩哔哩) and Boyu Capital (Chinese: 博裕资本).
The ZEEKR M-Vision is expected to be ready for series production in 2024. The model will be used exclusively in the American Waymo fleet, not only in the unmanned version but also in the driver-controlled version.
Andy An, CEO of ZEEKR, claimed that the unveiling of ZEEKR M-Vision has shown the brand's technological strengths and business potential. He stated that ZEEKR's R&D team is capable of providing customized services for clients worldwide, along with support from ZEEKR's global partners.