New spy shots of the upcoming BYD-Daimler Denza EV, seen here dyno testing in the factory in China. The production version of the Denza EV will debut April 2014 Beijing Auto Show and it will be launched on the China car market in the second half of next year.
BYD-Daimler is a joint venture between BYD Automobile and Daimler-Benz, aimed at making affordable electric cars for the Chinese auto market. The full name of the venture is ‘Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology’ (BDNT), it was established in March 2012.
The Denza is their first car, based on the old Benz B-Class with the electric power train of the BYD e6. The Denza debuted as a concept on the 2012 Beijing Auto Show and was back as a prototype on the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show.
Chinese media say that Denza will initially start with dealers in only three cities; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, the latter being the home town of BYD-Daimler and BYD. Shenzhen has a large number of charging points for electric cars, an citizens can apparently have a charging point as home as well. In Beijing and Shanghai however the only charging points are experimental units setup far outside the city centers.
It’s a pity that a new EV that will enter in the market in 2014, will have an obsolete battery pack made by lithium ferrite polyphosphate battery. This battery pack is heavy and with low energy density. There are already in the market since several years much more powerful lithium battery with more then double energy density, that means in the same weight and space, the range of the car can be doubled. I wonder why a great company like MB is launching ( even in a joint venture) a car with such poor technology . For the Smart edrive , MB already uses advanced cell technology . Why not use an updated technology also for the upcoming Denza EV ?
According to Chinese regulations, such battery technology must be applied to benefit from certain (local/notionwide) subsidy programs. There are other criteria, too, which have to be fulfilled.