Daimler AG Signs Memorandum of Understanding with BYD Company Limited to Establish a Technology Partnership for Electric Vehicles in China
1 March 2010
Daimler AG signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with BYD Company Limited to enter into a comprehensive technology partnership for the development of electric vehicles for China.
Under the agreement, Daimler and BYD intend to develop a new electric vehicle specific to the requirements of the Chinese market. The vehicle will be marketed under a new brand jointly created and owned by Daimler and BYD. In addition, a common technology center will be established in China to develop, design and test this electric vehicle.
With this announcement, we continue to push ahead as a global leader in electric mobility. Daimler’s know-how in electric vehicle architecture and BYD’s excellence in battery technology and e-drive systems are a perfect match. Thus, we will be able to participate in the potential growth of electric mobility in China, currently the largest auto market of the world.
—Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars
This technology partnership creates a win-win business model with complimentary competences. We are very excited about this opportunity to work together with Daimler, the inventor of the automobile.
—Wang Chuanfu, Chairman and President of BYD Company Limited
Daimler recently launched the smart electric drive (earlier post) and in 2010 will introduce an all-electric version of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
Electric vehicles are especially well-suited for urban driving. With its many metropolitan areas, China has the potential to be among the world’s largest markets for zero-emission vehicles. Daimler and BYD will accelerate the growth of electric mobility in China.
—Joint statement by Chairman Wang and Dr. Zetsche
The companies’ understanding also includes further discussions on additional business opportunities of mutual interests.
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