LEVC to launch electric car line-up on new SOA platform

Bovellan said one variant would have more than 536bhp – likely using the dual-motor set-up from the 001 – and a 0-62mph time on a par with sports cars.

He added that the rear motor will be the primary drive unit, with the front engaging only when full acceleration is demanded.

Three battery packs will be offered: a 73kWh lithium-iron phosphate unit giving 226 miles of range on the WLTP test cycle; a 102kWh nickel-cobalt-manganese (NCM) pack giving 307 miles; and a larger 120kWh NCM allowing 359 miles.

Charging from 10-80% will take 30 minutes, and a heat pump will be fitted to every SOA-based vehicle as standard.

The in-car infotainment technology is all-new. Developed in collaboration with Geely affiliate Ecarx, it packs enough computing power for up to eight infotainment screens and 12 interior cameras.

Autonomous capabilities will be a key feature of the platform in the distant future – likely in the latter half of the 2020s. However, the initial run of SOA-based vehicles, expected to arrive around the middle of the decade, will be limited to level two driver assistance.

Level two plus capability – similar to Ford’s Bluecruise system – will be added in an over-the-air software update, planned to arrive shortly after launch.

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