China's LinkTour is teaming up with Great Wall Motors (GWM) to launch a range of five new energy vehicles in little over a year.

LinkTour aims to become a global leader in the small, affordable electric vehicle segment with demand set to rise sharply in China over the next decade.

Headed by chairman Zhang Liping, who founded local small EV manufacturer Yogomo 10 years ago, LinkTour said it planned to launch five new energy vehicle models by the end of 2019.

The first of these, the K-One small SUV which the company claims has a range of 460km on a single charge, is scheduled to be launched in November.

Zhang said GWM would help with quality control and supplier management which he said would give it an edge over its rivals in the market.

The vehicles would use battery swap systems to help overcome gaps in China's recharging network, especially in smaller cities.

China is the world's largest market for new energy vehicles with 777,000 units sold last year, most of which were battery powered. Sales are expected to rise to over 1m units this year.

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