Just three months after its global debut at the 2020 Beijing Auto Show, the Lynk & Co ZERO electric vehicle has begun high validation speed testing at the Yan Cheng test facility in China’s Jiangsu Province.
In its first dynamic track testing debut, the Lynk & Co ZERO EV showcases some of its most impressive abilities, such as its fully controllable air suspension, class-leading luxurious performance and high-speed handling capabilities.
As part of the physical testing stage, the ZERO has undergone extensive high-speed testing on the high banks of the Yan Cheng track where it has achieved a sub-four-second 0-100km/h time, whilst having also undergone ‘Moose Testing’ for high-speed large object avoidance, and chicane handling tests to demonstrate how the ZERO EV handles in high-speed environments.
The ZERO EV has quickly moved from its concept stage to pre-production testing, showcasing the speed at which Geely Auto Group’s Research and Development can operate to bring products to market. The ZERO had its global debut on September 23rd 2020 along with Geely’s all-new Sustainable Experience Architecture, a new vehicle architecture that was specifically developed for electric vehicles, incorporating both hardware and physical software applications.
Further physical testing, including wind tunnel, and cold and hot weather testing is expected to continue over the remainder of 2020 and into early 2021, with the final model being confirmed for production in mid-2021.
Under the current schedule, customers will receive the first ZERO EVs in the last quarter of 2021.
Performance is paramount with the ZERO EV, with a targeted range of 700km and an 800-volt battery pack that has no power degradation for the first 200,000km of its targeted 2-million-kilometre lifespan. The ZERO EV will also boast a 0-100km/h time of under four seconds with batteries positioned low in the vehicle’s SEA architecture to allow for a perfect 50:50 balance and a low centre of gravity for superior handling.
The ZERO EV is the first vehicle based on Geely Holding’s SEA vehicle architecture, the world’s first open-sourced vehicle architecture that will be used throughout the Geely Holding portfolio of companies and also with external third parties.
The ZERO was designed with the idea that vehicles can continually evolve after leaving the factory through the use of Firmware Over the Air updates which will be a core part of the SEA Operating System, and also with input from third-party application development to keep SEA-based vehicles up to date.
Kent Bovellan, the Chief Engineer for the SEA Architecture at Geely Auto Group said:
“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.”