• The first Lynk & Co with Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle drivetrain is unveiled in Beijing
  • 01 PHEV will be the first model launched in Europe in 2020
  • Technological cooperation between Volvo and Lynk & Co to intensify
  • First Lynk & Co vehicles for Europe to be produced at Volvo Car Ghent factory in Belgium
Pictured is the PHEV version of the 01 model, on show in Beijing.

Pictured is the PHEV version of the 01 model, on show in Beijing.

Lynk & Co has revealed its first Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) at the Beijing Motor Show.

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.

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.

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."

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.

The company also said the Lynk & Co 02, revealed in Amsterdam last month, is 'production ready'. The 02 sits alongside 01 as the second Lynk & Co SUV - part of the brand's 'Duo-Star Strategy'. It also said 02 production is underway in China, with sales of the model in China to start in June.

 Lynk & Co describes itself as 'the new global urban mobility brand addressing the needs and preferences of the connected generation and challenging auto industry.' 

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