Lynk & Co 01 E-MOTIVE Is First Car With New Hybrid System

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Lynk & Co have unveiled their first production models based on the new LYNK E-MOTIVE hybrid powertrain, the 01 EM-F and 01 EM-P.

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The new hybrid system made its debut earlier this week on the Lynk & Co The Next Day concept and the brand have already promised four models with this new powertrain this year.

A further three are lined up within the next two years, with all models in the range expected to feature the new hybrid powertain by 2025.

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Two Hybrid Powertrains

The two names represent two different types of hybrid powertrain. EM-F refers to the HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicle) variant, which employs an engine on the front axle and electric motors on the rear.

The engine charges a small battery which powers the motors in two situations: Either for pure electric driving at speeds below 20 km/h, or combined with the engine for rapid overtaking between 80 and 120 km/h.

The EM-P badge refers to the PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid EV) variety which comes in three different sizes. Plug-in hybrids utilise the same engine and motor set up, but an external charger refills the battery and enables greater pure-electric range.

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Options include standard, long range, and ultra-long range, which offer 60, 100, and 150km of pure electric range respectively.

Lynk & Co 01 Rear

As such, both HEV and PHEV models can be either two- or four-wheel drive depending on which methods of propulsion are in use.

Lynk & Co claim the engine in both variants, a 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol unit producing 110kw (around 150hp), has high thermal efficiency, high performance, and high overall efficiency, and in this set-up can reduce fuel consumption by up to 40%.

On the CLTC cycle, this means the car can consume as little as 4.5-liters per 100km.

All models drive power through a three-speed hybrid electric drive ‘DHT Pro’ gearbox with ‘launch mode’ than can enable a 0-100 km/h sprint of under 5 seconds.

Lynk & Co 01 Rear Light

Freshened Up

In addition to the brand-new powertrain, Lynk & Co have also taken the opportunity to freshen up the design as well.

The most obvious modifications are at the rear where the rear lights adopt a new signature.

The outer units now form a Y-shape in the corners, while the lightbar across the middle, made up of ‘II’ modules before, now features five ‘=-shaped’ modules that almost connect in the middle either side of the lit-up Lynk & Co badge.

Lynk & Co 01 Mirror

Elsewhere, very little has changed, although spyshots reveal a two-tone interior will become an option.

Qualcomm’s 8155 chip powers the large central touchscreen to ensure smooth operation.

We’re not yet sure if or when E-MOTIVE 01s will begin sales in Europe, currently the 01 is the only Lynk & Co on sale there, but we expect it may be towards the end of the year.

Image credits: Yiche

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