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Electric cars Volvo, Smart and Lotus will be built on open architecture SEA of the Chinese concern Geely


China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely Holding) has announced the launch of the Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA), the world’s first open source electric vehicle architecture.

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Geely Holding plans to build electric vehicles on SEA architecture for its nine global car brands, including Geely, Volvo, Smart and Lynk & Co., which sold more than 2 million vehicles in total last year.

The Lynk & Co Zero Concept electric vehicle prototype, which will be the first vehicle based on SEA architecture, was unveiled today at the Lynk & Co brand event in Beijing. Its production will begin in 2021. The Lynk & Co Zero Concept is expected to accelerate from zero to 100 km / h in less than 4 seconds, and its range on a single charge will be 700 km (European NEDC cycle).

The SEA architecture can be used for both compact and large vehicles, including sedans, crossovers, vans and pickups, Geely President An Conghui said at an event in Beijing.

He said Geely, which owns 9.7% of Daimler AG, has spent 18 billion yuan ($ 2.6 billion) on research and development for SEA.

SEA provides for the use of a battery system produced by Contemporary Amperex Technology, designed for 2 million kilometers. It is also expected to use more aluminum to reduce vehicle weight. The architecture is designed to accommodate a variety of configurations including front, rear and all-wheel drive across the entire range of vehicles.

Geely Holding estimates that hundreds of thousands of SEA-based vehicles will be produced in China in the short term, and this number will grow significantly in the long term as subsidiary brands introduce their own SEA-based products.

Geely Holding has announced that it will make its advanced zero-emission architecture available to other original equipment manufacturers and third parties.

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