Daimler and BYD Automotive Industry have revealed the new DENZA 500 battery electric vehicle from their joint venture, Shenzhen DENZA New Energy Automotive.
Engineered and produced in and for China, the new DENZA 500 combines Daimler’s vehicle architecture and safety engineering with BYD’s battery technology.
The vehicle has an extended range of around 500 km. Damiler reports the DENZA 500 was tested in a wide range of harsh conditions, including severe winter testing at temperatures of as low as –40 degrees Celsius.
In 2017, DENZA achieved its best sales performance to date, with retail sales volume increasing by 85 per cent year-on-year, outpacing the industry average, thanks to the strong customer reception of the DENZA 400 model.
The brand also expanded its reach through selected Mercedes-Benz dealer partners, which now offer sales and aftersales service for DENZA vehicles.
Upgraded connectivity services in the new model include charging solutions and the DENZA smartphone application. Via the DENZA application, WeChat account, or car navigation system, DENZA owners can quickly locate over 112,000 charging piles across the China.