In 2012, Mercedes and BYD signed a joint venture agreement that was destined to introduce a full electric vehicle. The result is here to see, as the Denza model was unveiled during this weekend Beijing Auto China 2014.
The unveiling of the car makes the first Sino-German joint venture dedicated to an all-electric vehicle in China a real success.
Denza has a lithium ion phosphate battery pack, positioned underneath the body and safety certified. The layout ensures that all powertrain components are separated from the passenger compartment. After 18 months of intensive testing that saw driving over 1.2 million kilometres across all of China and other 20 cars crashed for safety tests, BYD and Mercedes can guarantee the product.
At the heart of the new Denza is a 86 kW (peak) all-electric engine with generous 290 Nm of torque that provides a maximum speed of up to 150 km/h. With the help of its big 47.5 kWh battery capacity, the Denza can travel up to 300 km on a sigle charge.
After the battery pack is empty, the car can be recharged in seven hours at a normal household and in just an hour with the help of a Wall box. With the DENZA mobile app, available to download for both Android and iOS phones, wall box clients can check on their charging status and vehicle location using smartphones.