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Lynk & Co’s Zero Electric Fastback May Become One Of The Coolest EVs Around


Lynk & Co started testing the first prototypes of the upcoming Zero EV, an electric fastback (some might call it an elongated hatchback or perhaps even a sporty wagon if you’re from Porsche) that was previewed just three months ago at the Beijing Auto Show.

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The new Zero is also Geely’s first model to use the carmaker’s Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA), an EV-specific modular platform that will become the basis for a wide range of Geely EVs.

Read More: Lynk & Co Zero Concept Has All-Wheel Drive And 536 HP, Previews Next Year’s Production Car

The camouflaged Lynk & Co Zero appears to be mostly the same with the concept, which in turn looked pretty much ready for production to be honest. The shape of the Zero reminds us of a Panamera Sport Turismo but in a good way, retaining Lynk & Co’s corporate identity upfront and featuring a modern full-width LED light setup at the back.

However, the Lynk & Co Zero isn’t just a pretty face as it promises to be quite capable once it reaches production. The carmaker says that the prototype has managed a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in under four seconds during its first high-speed tests at the Yan Cheng test facility in China.

Although the carmaker didn’t mention any power figures this time around, back in September they said that the concept offered a combined output of 536 HP (544 PS) from its multiple electric motors, which also gave it all-wheel-drive.

The company also performed chicane handling tests, as well as the famous ‘Moose Test’, where a vehicle’s ability to safely avoid impact with large objects at high speed is evaluated.

Lynk & Co targets a driving range of 700 km (435 miles) on the NEDC cycle with the Zero EV. The new electric fastback will feature an 800-volt battery pack that, according to the carmaker, will have zero power degradation for the first 200,000 km (124k miles) of its targeted 2-million-km lifespan (1.2 million miles). The final production version of the Zero EV will also offer a perfect 50:50 weight distribution and will ride on a “fully controllable” air suspension.

“The speed at which we have taken the SEA based ZERO EV from concept to production-ready is really amazing,” said Kent Bovellan, Chief Engineer for the SEA Architecture at Geely Auto Group. “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.”

Lynk & Co will perform further testing on the Zero EV, including wind tunnel and cold/hot weather testing before the model enters series production in mid-2021. The first customer deliveries are expected to start in the last quarter of the same year.











Updated: December 11, 2020 — 7:05 pm

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