BYD Company Limited and Daimler AG today signed a contract creating a 50:50 joint venture called Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co. Ltd. The new firm will develop an electric vehicle for China under a new brand name.
Daimler and BYD will invest RMB 600 million capital for the firm. Chinese industrial policy requires joint ventures to gain access to its protected market.
The Communist central government also has repeatedly stated its desire to rationalize the Chinese automobile industry around Chinese companies.
In a joint statement, both parent companies said that a new generation of electric vehicles developed will capitalize on Daimler’s expertise in electric vehicle architecture and safety, and BYD’s knowledge in battery technology and e-drive systems. No further technical details are available.
The new car will be marketed under a new brand jointly created and owned by Daimler and BYD, which is China’s fourth largest automaker. Export plans are unknown. However, all nations with industrial policies are attempting to establish local makers and protect home markets for green vehicles, a development that is creating concern among global market advocates.