Pininfarina and Hybrid Kinetic Group Unveil Two Electric SUV Concepts
Hot on the heels of the world debut of the H600 luxury saloon concept at the Geneva motor show just last month, Pininfarina and Chinese carmaker Hybrid Kinetic Group have now revealed two new concept cars at this week’s Shanghai motor show.
The latest additions take the form of SUVs – one a mid-sized five-seater dubbed K550; the other a larger, seven-seat example called K750.
Both share the same design language as the H600 – and just like the H600, each one gets a micro-turbine generator with a lifespan of 50,000 hours, as well as a “super battery” that is claimed to deliver a 621-mile-range while lasting around 50,000 charge cycles.
This “aerospace-derived” range-extending turbine recharging technology reportedly boasts an energy recovery rate of over 30% and can provide electricity to the vehicles and charge the batteries “anytime, anywhere”, freeing the vehicles from charging facilities as a result.
The Shanghai motor show comes a few weeks after the announcement of the signing of a trade agreement between Pininfarina and Hybrid Kinetic Group, which will see the Italian car design studio support the Chinese EV startup in the turnkey development of an electric car from the styling concept and development of the vehicle to the engineering development and virtual and physical validation for series production.
The partnership, said to be worth about £54 million, will last for approximately four years.