The Lynk & Co ZERO EV was introduced as a concept at the 2020 Beijing Auto Show on September 23.
Today (December 11), the company has announced the vehicle is undergoing high-speed validation testing at the Yan Cheng test facility in China’s Jiangsu Province.
That’s less than three months from show car to pre-production vehicle.
The plan calls for customer deliveries at the end of Q4 2021.
ZERO EV: Shown at the end of September, track testing in December, and planned for deliveries by end of 2021. (Image: Lynk & Co.)
The ZERO is based on the SEA vehicle architecture that Geely (which owns Lynk & Co, Polestar and Volvo) has developed. It plans to use SEA for other brands (undoubtedly Polestar and Volvo, for example) and is offering the platform to other companies.
About SEA and ZERO
Kent Bovellan, the Chief Engineer for the SEA Architecture at Geely Auto Group:
“The speed at which we have taken the SEA based ZERO EV from concept to production-ready is really amazing. Today, we are gathering real-world data that matches our early estimations for SEA and for the ZERO EV. We are creating a new type of electric vehicle that matches performance with quality, and quality with technology.”
What Else Is Known?
The vehicle is said to have a <4 second 0 to 100 km/h time. Controllable air suspension. And high-speed handling capabilities.
Possibly the air suspension contributing to the handling.
According to the company, they’re looking at a 700 km—435 mile—range.
For the Long Run
The 800-volt battery pack is said to have “no power degradation” for the first 200,000 km. The lifespan for the battery is projected to be 2-million km.
This is in keeping with the idea that the vehicle will have a long run: Firmware Over the Air updates are part of the vehicle’s operating system so with Geely Auto updates as well as third-party providers, the ZERO EV will get new features over time.
Systems engineering in increasingly being recognized as a valuable approach to vehicle development - both in design and production. Siemens posits that PLM is the right software system for systems engineering.
Automotive manufacturers are meeting CAFE fuel-efficiency standards through lightweighting, which requires simulation software for design engineers.
According to Kunihiro Hoshi, chief engineer for the GX 470: “Three of my top goals were to create a body-on-frame vehicle with sweeping off-road performance and unibody-like on-road capability, and, of course, it had to meet the Lexus quality standard.” He met his goals. But why would anyone want to bang this vehicle around on rocks?