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DENZA EV concept. Click to enlarge.

Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co., Ltd. (BDNT), the joint venture between Daimler and BYD (earlier post) unveiled a DENZA battery-electric vehicle show car at Auto China 2012 in Beijing. Auto China 2012 marks the first appearance of the DENZA brand at a motor show. It is also the first landmark event since the official launch of the brand, which took place in Shenzhen in March this year.

The DENZA concept car was designed in, and will be built in and sold in China. The arrival of DENZA marks the first strictly New Energy Vehicles (NEV) brand in the Chinese market.

BDNT is dedicated solely to development and production of New Energy Vehicles, noted Ulrich Walker, Chairman of the Board of Directors of BDNT and Chairman and CEO of Daimler Northeast Asia. First prototypes of the future production DENZA model are already out on the streets, he added.

Daimler says that China is the home of DENZA because of its potential as an NEV market. With its expanding middle class, increasing urbanization, open-minded consumers, and a supportive government determined to reduce their reliance on crude oil, central government expects the number of NEVs in China to rise from its current level of 10,000 to 5,000,000 by 2020 according to the latest NEV industrialization plan. (Earlier post.)

BYD Dual Mode Qin. Click to enlarge.

BYD at Auto China. Also at Auto China 2012, BYD unveiled the new Dual Mode “Qin” (pronounced “Chin”). The BYD Qin is a next-generation, dual-mode electric vehicle that uses BYD’s new Dual Mode II system with improvements over the first generation’s F3DM system. (Earlier post.)

The new system features 7% better efficiency, power and energy-saving; in pure EV mode, the Qin can travel 50 km (31 miles) on a single 10 kWh charge. In hybrid mode, the Qin can use both its 110 KW electric motor and its 1.5 Turbo (TID) engine to output 223 kW of power and 440 N·m (325 lb-ft) of torque.

The Qin can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.9 seconds and has a top speed of 185 km/h (115 mph). In hybrid mode, the Qin requires 16 RMB (US~$2.50) of energy per 100 km (equating to a little less than 2 liters of fuel per 100 km or 118 mpg US).

The Qin is also equipped with the BYD “i” intelligent cloud system platform incorporating features such as telematics, cloud-computing and a full-range of services 24 hours a day (such as roadside assistance, vehicle positioning, remote monitoring, music and video downloads etc..).

BYD is also displaying standard bi-directional charging and discharging technology to allow vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) discharging for stranded vehicle assists, Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) and Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) solutions.


Nick Lyons

In hybrid mode, the Qin...or 118 mpg US...

In their dreams.


This is the type of electrified vehicle (and hopefully many others) China needs to reach 5+ million EVs by 2020. The rest of the world will follow the new leader and try to catch up, not to fall too far behind.

BYD + Mercedes will no doubt build excellent electrified vehicles in the very near future. A JV with an excellent future.


"China's BYD part-owned by Warren Buffet, plans to bring electric cars to U.S. in 2010 and plans to offer the five-seat e6, which takes seven to nine hours to fully charge and has a 250-mile range."

That's "in 2010" by the Mao Tse-Tung calendar.

But not to worry;
Once all struggle is grasped, miracles are possible.
- Mao Tse-Tung


TT will be surprised in the very near future or whenever he realizes that China has moved far beyond USA in many areas including cars of most types.


When life gives you lemons, crush them with an iron fist.
-- Mao Tse-Tung

The will of the people must always be honored, especially when they are following MY will.
-- Mao Tse-Tung

Who the hell put this wall here?
-- Mao Tse-Tung


There is no rational basis for believing China has moved far beyond USA in any areas, particularly cars of most ANY type.


TT & SV...guess where the excellent iPads (and many thousand other excellent products) are made? If you do not dare to guess, you could ask your neighbors or the children around your town?


By the way, China just finished the longest 42.5 KM bridge in 4 short years at a very low $1.5B cost.

We are planning to replace a short 4.2 Km bridge over the St-Lawrence river. It will take 10 years and cost between $6B and $8B, i.e. 10 times shorter at 4 times the cost? Is there a message here?

Too bad that it could not be built in China and transported by sea for local installation? That could be a possibility. Our longest bridge (between PEI and New-Brunswick) was built on shores and sections transported by barge.

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