Lynk & Co Will Be PHEV, HEV Or BEV Only In Europe, 01 SUV First Up
APR 29 2018 BY MARK KANE
Lynk & Co unveiled at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show its mid-size plug-in hybrid premium SUV, the Lynk & Co 01 PHEV.
The Chinese brand, owned by Geely, cooperates with Volvo to use the CMA platform and will begin production of the 01 PHEV at the Volvo Car Ghent factory in Belgium from 2019 on.
The car is expected to have 50 km (31 miles) of all-electric range. Sales in Europe will begin in 2020 in several big cities (Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels and London).
In Europe, Lynk & Co intends to sell only electrified cars (hybrids, plug-in hybrids or all-electric).
After the 01 PHEV, the company will introduce hybrid and then all-electric versions.
“Lynk & Co, the global connected and shareable mobility brand, reveals its first Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) at the 15th Beijing International Auto Show today.
The Lynk & Co 01 SUV will be the first model from the brand to feature PHEV drivetrain system, thanks to an intensifying technological cooperation with Volvo and the sharing of the innovative Drive-E powertrain. Production of the first Lynk & Co 01 PHEV for Europe will begin in 2019 at Volvo Car Ghent factory in Belgium – manufacturing home of the European Car of the Year 2018 – the Volvo XC40, which is based on the Compact Modular Architecture, also shared between Volvo and Lynk & Co.
Lynk & Co’s first 01 PHEV marks the brand’s formal launch in to the new energy sector, with the first performance results confirmed today as 1.7l / 100km fuel consumption (combined cycle) and a pure electric range in excess of 50 km for the 01.”
“At the core of the Lynk & Co brand is connectivity. Customers will find a range of connected technologies on offer in the vehicles, from a sharing function with the world’s first in-car share button to wireless charging and a dedicated Lynk & Co app store – all aimed at making life easier on the move. Described as a ‘smartphone on wheels’, all models come with a large central touchscreen and advanced telematics systems – always connected to the internet and the car’s own cloud.
Designed and engineered by an international team in Gothenburg, Sweden, Lynk & Co has a European heart and soul, and a refreshing approach to the automotive business. It is the world’s first new mobility brand, dedicated to offering unparalleled in-car connectivity, vehicle sharing, online sales, and a subscription model of usership.”
Mats Fagerhag, CEO of China Euro Vehicle Technology (CEVT) and Vice President of Geely Auto Group, said:
“From the very beginning of the CMA’s development, the flexibility to support future powertrain technologies, such as PHEV, HEV, BEV, mild hybrid and traditional fuel was very much our vision. The new energy plan for Lynk & Co will be implemented in stages with the goal of following PHEV with HEV and then BEV.”
Alain Visser, Senior Vice President of Lynk & Co, added:
“Our European strategy has always been based on new technology powertrain, and the announcements here in Beijing today confirm that vision. There will be no diesel, no manual and no ICE Lynk & Co derivatives in Europe. When we commence production in 2019, and sales starting from 2020, in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels and London, our range will be all about new energy. From these hubs in key cities we will also launch our pop-up stores offline tours, reaching 95% of Europe’s urban population with a formidable, efficient and connected range of products based on industry leading technologies such as Drive-E and more.”