A new electric concept car from Geely’s Lynk & Co subsidiary is hiding China’s answer to the Volkswagen MEB modular electric-vehicle architecture.
The Zero Concept’s all-new SEA (Sustainable Experience Architecture) platform from Geely will sit beneath at least 16 all new electric vehicles, Geely has confirmed, and will spearhead a push to have other OEMs also use the structure.
A step forward from Geely’s existing GE2.0 architecture that sits underneath its Geometry EV brand, the SEA platform is a production-ready system that anybody can use, even its keenest competitors.
Following Volkswagen’s business model that prioritizes economies of scale above competitive secrets, Geely has already shown the SEA to OEMs from China to Europe and even the US.
This makes sense, given that Geely owns or has significant interests in automakers from Volvo to Lotus and from Proton to Lynk & Co. Its founder Li Shufu also owns a 9.7-percent stake in Mercedes-Benz’s parent company, Daimler.
Daimler had planned to develop a universal BEV architecture with archrival BMW, but the two companies abandoned the idea last year. It has developed a platform for its EQS limousine, but it is too expensive to use as a stand-alone architecture for its smaller cars and SUVs.
The Lynk & Co Zero Concept car is 4850mm long (so 266mm longer than Volkswagen’s new ID.4 SUV EV) and is claimed to deliver a 700km (435 mile) range while punching to 100km/h (62mph) in 3.9 seconds.
Lynk & Co is claiming the car will launch late in the second half of next year in China and Europe.
The SEA architecture is believed to be flexible enough to run from sports coupes to minibuses and has been engineered as a pure EV structure, rather than relying on plug-in hybrid powertrains.