Mercedes’ parent Daimler AG plans to launch an all-new battery-electric vehicle it has developed as part of a joint venture with China’s BYD. To be sold through the new Denza brand, it will make its debut in concept form at the upcoming Beijing Motor Show.
The show car will be called the NEV, short for New Energy Vehicle. The hatchback will use a pure battery-electric design with its batteries mounted under the floor and its electric motor driving the front wheels.
The German maker provided the basic vehicle architecture for the Denza NEV concept, along with key componentry, including the safety system. BYD, already one of the key players in the emerging Chinese battery-car market, supplied the underlying drive system.