Lynk & Co has unveiled its first plug-in hybrid vehicle, the 01 SUV, at the Beijing International Motor Show (April 25-May 4) in China.
The vehicle will be the first from Lynk & Co to feature plug-in electrification and will benefit from Volvo’s Drive-E powertrain. Production of the 01 SUV will begin in 2019 at the Volvo Car Ghent factory in Belgium – where Volvo manufactures the XC40, a vehicle that uses the Compact Modular Architecture that is shared between the Swedish OEM and Lynk & Co.
Initial performance results for the 01 SUV state fuel consumption of 1.7l/100km (combined) and a pure electric range of over 50km.
“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 part of our vision,” said Mats Fagerhag, CEO of China-Euro Vehicle Technology (CEVT) and vice president of Geely Auto Group.
“The new energy plan for Lynk & Co will be implemented in stages with the goal of following PHEV with HEV and then BEV.”
“Our European strategy has always been based on new technology powertrain, and the announcements in Beijing confirm that vision,” added Alain Visser, senior vice president of Lynk & Co.
“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.”