Geely on Wednesday unveiled a modular EV platform that might be used throughout the automaker’s a number of manufacturers—together with Volvo and Polestar.
Dubbed Sustainable Expertise Structure (SEA), the platform was previewed on the Lynk & Co. Zero Idea, from Geely’s subscription-based model. The idea is predicted to spawn a manufacturing mannequin for 2021.
Geely will not talk about different SEA-based fashions but, however famous that the platform can assist automobiles ranging in dimension from subcompact to mid-size, with automotive, SUV, and light-commercial physique types. Geely additionally describes SEA as “open supply,” hinting that it plans to provide the platform to different automakers.
Photographs of the naked platform present the now-familiar configuration of a battery pack beneath the ground. Geely claims SEA will assist ranges of over 400 miles, though that is doubtless not as measured on the US EPA testing cycle.
SEA may even assist single, twin, and three-motor powertrains, in addition to vary extenders.
Automobiles primarily based on SEA may even be the primary to profit from Geely’s partnership with Intel-owned tech firm Mobileye, which can provide its SuperVision surround-view sensing system. That may allow driver aids like computerized emergency braking and lane-keep help, however can also be “scalable” to autonomous driving, Geely and Mobileye mentioned in a joint press launch.
Geely SEA (Sustainable Expertise Structure) modular EV platform
SEA might be Geely’s first devoted platform for electrical automobiles; the Polestar 2 and Volvo XC40 Recharge use an tailored model of the Compact Modular Structure (CMA) platform from internal-combustion fashions.
Earlier Lynk & Co. automobiles have been gasoline fashions—reminiscent of the 03 sedan which is intently associated to the Volvo S40—and it is unlikely this membership-based model will come to the U.S.
It is unclear whether or not the car that Geely confirmed final yr because the Geometry, for China, would use CMA, or the brand new SEA platform.
Geely additionally now controls Smart, which transitioned to a fully-electric model beneath earlier proprietor Daimler amid flagging gross sales. Below the settlement with Daimler, Geely is about to deal with engineering work for future Sensible electrical automobiles—maybe selecting to base a few of them on SEA as properly.
Volvo and Geely have in the meantime downsized and merged development for internal-combustion engines. Volvo has mentioned gasoline engines will not go away, however expects to make use of them solely in hybrids going ahead.
Volvo and spinoff model Polestar have additionally advocated a broader view in accounting for automotive emissions. Polestar just lately pointed to “a disturbing lack of transparency” on the carbon footprint of electrical automobiles, whereas Volvo has expressed the necessity for “science-based targets” for emissions reductions.