With increasing demand for electrified vehicles and the need to reduce development time of new models, modular manufacturing is fast becoming the new standard in the automotive industry. Recently, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely Holding) announced the launch of its Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA) which will become the cornerstone of the Group’s entire electric vehicle strategy.
The SEA is the world’s first open-source electric vehicle architecture; it was developed from the ground up to improve the users’ drive experience. It lays the foundation for a three layered ecosystem around whole vehicles, automotive systems, and Internet of Vehicles. The SEA is the world’s most versatile vehicle architecture and the most efficient smart electric vehicle solution. With scientific and technological advances in six major areas, the SEA opens the door to a more intelligent, more convenient drive experience for users around the world.
The SEA is an important milestone in Geely’s transformation from being an automobile manufacturer to a mobility technology service provider. Developing the transformative electric vehicle architecture marks one of the biggest technological advances made by Geely in over a decade. Currently, more than 7 brands are developing 16 new models on the new architecture for different market segments. Mr. An Conghui, President of Geely Holding Group, CEO and President of Geely Automobile Group, said: “According to current plans, from 2021, a number of new vehicles based on SEA will be launched one after another. Starting from this year, we will see the rapid development of smart electric vehicles leading to the transformation of Geely.”
Six leading traits of SEA empowering smart electric vehicles of the future
After 4 years, with an investment of more than 18 billion RMB, the SEA laid the foundation for a three layered ecosystem around whole vehicles, automotive systems, and Internet of Vehicles. It is the world’s most versatile vehicle architecture, able to accommodate A through E-class vehicles including sedans, SUVs, MPVs, city cars, sports cars, trucks and other future vehicles. At the same time, the SEA architecture also offers the most efficient smart electric vehicle solution, revolutionizing the software development cycle for vehicles and shortening development time by more than 50%.
The SEA was developed from the ground up to bring users a smarter and more convenient drive experience with continuous innovations in areas of interior space, electric power, smart connectivity, autonomous driving, safety, and performance.
- Space: Maximizing interior space utilization with full A through E-class segment coverage.
The SEA can support the development of models with a wheelbase ranging from 1800mm to 3300mm. A vehicle built on the SEA offers larger interior space than competitive models within the same segment. The SEA not only enables the development of vehicles with increased interior space, it also enables brands to better meet the users’ personalized demands by offering greater design freedom.
- Electric power: Battery tested to last 200,000 kilometres degradation free and a design life of 2 million kilometres.
The SEA adopts a three-tiered power management system based around the vehicle’s e-motors, battery management system and charging ecology. The battery has been tested to be able to retain its range without degradation for at least 200,000km and have a design life of 2,000,000km under NEDC operating conditions. The 110kWh modular CTP integrated battery eliminates range anxiety with a long battery range of 700km. The SEA can accommodate e-motors with power outputs of up to 475kW. In addition, it is equipped with an independently developed high-performance two-speed EV transmission with maximum torque of 8000Nm. In terms of charging speed, the SEA supports an ultra-high speed 800-volt charging system, which can recharge 120 kilometres of range in less than 5 minutes.
- Smart connectivity: the new SEA OS is the next-generation vehicle solution supporting full scenario, full life OTA updates
The SEA OS is an operating system developed to support a highly integrated vehicle architecture that breaks the boundaries between hardware, software, and the cloud. Geely will also independently develop core vehicle chip components in the future. Currently, more than 4000 API interfaces have been made accessible, opening the door to full scenario, full life OTA updates and helping keep SEA models optimized throughout their life.
- Autonomous driving: Fully autonomous driving capabilities with open road autonomous drive planned for 2025.
The SEA architecture supports the continued development of advanced driver assistance systems, highly autonomous drive technologies, and fully autonomous driving. The architecture’s state-of-the-art modules support 360 degrees vision with multi-level redundancies, meeting the world’s most stringent safety tests. SEA models are able to offer highly autonomous driving functions including hands-free driving, eyes-off driving, autonomous parking, automatic lane change, and intelligent navigation.
Models developed on the SEA will achieve highly autonomous driving on select roads by 2021 and highly autonomous driving on open roads by 2023. In addition self-driven taxi models will also be developed on the SEA and enter into service on select roads by 2022, providing intelligent mobility services for the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou. By 2025, open road fully autonomous drive capable vehicles on will be made available.
- Safety: Global five-star safety and the first to support encryption chips to increase protection of user data.
The SEA takes global safety to a new level and protects users’ lives, health, property, and privacy with 9 different systems. All products developed on the architecture will pass global five-star safety tests. In terms of the safety of its electric power modules, more than 202 tests were performed on the battery pack + cells. Among those tests, SEA excelled in the side pillar crash test, which is crucial in protecting vehicle batteries and ensuring that SEA models surpass the most rigorous international safety standards. To protect user data in an increasingly connected world, the SEA was developed to meet European and American GDPR requirements and is the first vehicle architecture to support a dedicated encryption chip on its 5G Tbox.
- Performance: 50:50 balanced chassis weight distribution, 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in under 3 seconds
The SEA is a dedicated high-performance vehicle architecture built around its battery module for pure electric vehicles, which not only results in a low centre of gravity, but also a 50:50 balanced front to rear chassis weight distribution. Products based on this architecture can be equipped with a high-performance electric four-wheel drive system capable of millisecond-speed power distribution as well as a dual-motor setup providing more than 600kW of power and making it possible to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in under 3 seconds.
Geely’s SEA is by no means a traditional vehicle architecture. It is a multi-dimensional intelligent seed of life composed of a hardware layer, a software layer, and an ecosystem layer. The SEA is blessed with world-class safety and offers users around the world a more ideal electric mobility experience. It is a solution that meets the drivers demand for performance, connectivity, safety, space, power, etc. The design, R&D, production, and after-sales service is centred on improving user experience. With the SEA, users are truly at the centre, everything is created for the users, and everything is shared with the users. Geely is committed to being a user-centric, innovation-driven mobility technology service provider and has taken the initiative to open the door to a new era.