Lynk & Co Zero Concept previews 2021 electric production model

Sister brand to Volvo and Polestar unveils zero-emissions concept at Beijing show

Lynk&Co Zero Concept

Chinese brand Lynk & Co – part of the Geely Group conglomerate that also owns Volvo and Polestar – has unveiled an electric concept car at its home motor show in Beijing.

The Zero Concept is a five-door family hatchback that shares some styling cues with the brand's 01, 02 and 03 combustion-engined SUV and saloon models. Its maker describes it as "the first look at the future of Lynk & Co as a leader in pure-electric vehicles globally" and confirms it previews a production model that'll debut in 2021 – most likely available through the brand's unique subscription service that launched in Europe in late 2020.

It's based on a Geely Group mechanical platform called 'Sustainable Experience Architecture', or 'SEA' for short, which is set to underpin a wide range of models from the group's brands, in similar fashion to the Volkswagen Group MEB platform being used to produce an extensive line-up of VW, Audi, SEAT, Cupra and Skoda cars.

Like the petrol-engined Lynk & Co models mentioned above, the Zero Concept was penned in the company's Gothenburg design studio in Sweden. The brand points to the low overhangs and "dynamic sporting profile" as key styling elements.

Extensive use of sustainable materials is promised, and while exact battery and powertrain details are still under wraps, Lynk & Co has said it expects the Zero Concept to go from 0-62mph in under four seconds and return a driving range of 435 miles (700 kilometres) under the old NEDC test cycle – which tends to be more optimistic than the now industry-standard WLTP test.