Apr 14 | 2021
(Asia-Europe) Handles first Lynk & Co. Vehicles into Europe
Höegh Autoliners is plugged in with electric vehicles bound for Europe, most recently handling the first Chinese Lynx & Co. vehicles to enter the market in 2021.
Demand for environmentally friendly vehicles is surging in Europe as countries increasingly promote the adoption of low- to zero-emission vehicles to decarbonize and modernize Europe’s mobility sector, the roll-on, roll-off carrier said.
Lynk & Co., which launched its first car in 2017, developed several successful models in the Chinese market. Building upon its domestic success, Lynk & Co. is launching into the European market, it’s first step towards global intentions.
The Lynk & Co. 01 was developed and designed by CEVT and Geely Design in Sweden and produced in China. The company employs a subscriber-based user model, which is controlled by a shared digital key that allows owners access to other Lynk & Co. cars. The subscription membership model has also been launched in several European countries, with plans to expand to other markets.
“We are proud to support Lynk & Co in transporting these units to the European market and look forward to seeing the vehicles on the road,” said Christian Hall, head of sales East Asia for Höegh.
Höegh has experience moving electric vehicles from China to the European market. Last summer, the ro-ro carrier delivered 328 electric Maxus EV30 vans from China to Norway for SAIC Motor.
SAIC, formerly Shanghai Automotive Industry Corps., was the first Chinese electric vehicle brand to enter Europe’s small and mid-sized segment, and the company is looking to expand.
Norway has seen tremendous growth in electric vehicle, or EV, sales, accounting for more than half of Europe’s new EV sales in 2020, paced by environmental initiatives within the country. While China and U.S. EV unit sales are higher, Norway leads the world in proportion of EVs to total vehicles.
The Norwegian government in 2016 set an ambitious target that all new cars, buses and light commercial vehicles be zero emission by 2025.
SAIC is the largest car manufacturer in China and the world’s seventh-largest, producing about 6.9 million cars annually.