Ab Ende September kommt der rein elektrische DENZA in China zu d

Denza, an all-new electric car jointly developed by Daimler and BYD for the Chinese market, has begun rolling off the production line at the Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology plant in Shenzhen. The company is the first Sino-German collaboration aimed at developing and producing electric vehicles for the domestic market. Denza is the first car that Daimler has engineered from the ground up outside of Germany, according to Hubertus Troska, member of the board of management of Daimler AG for China.

The car features a lithium-ion phosphate battery which is framed by an aluminium case and located underneath the body – the safest location to place a battery pack in a car. Driving range on a full charge for Denza has been quoted at up to 300 km, a distance which more or less reflects a range of an average car on a full tank of fuel.

Customers can charge the Denza with a 22 kW wall-box connection in less than three hours, with the option of using a standard household power outlet. Individuals who value interior space will be glad to know that the Denza has a wheelbase matching that of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Trunk volume is listed as 460 litres.

All of this is paired to a China-NCAP (C-NCAP) five-star rating – a first for an electric vehicle. Deliveries will commence at the end of September 2014, distributed by an independent dealer network. Customers in China can look forward to subsidies that help further lower the price of entry such as free licence plates in cities like Shanghai and Shenzhen and a 10% purchase tax exemption.