Denza EV Unveiled At Beijing Auto Show, On Sale In China From September Photo:
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Trevor Collett | Apr, 26 2014 | 0 Comments

Denza – a joint venture between Daimler and Chinese company BYD - has unveiled its first-ever model at the Beijing Auto Show.

The all-electric model was first previewed as a concept at the same motor show in 2012, and is due to arrive in Chinese showrooms from September this year.

While the concept was called 'NEV' (New Energy Vehicle), the production version has only been referred to as Denza by its co-creators at this stage.

The Denza in road-going form will offer up to 300km of range from its 47.5kWh battery, with the electric motor producing a peak output of 86kW and 290Nm.

Battery charging is said to be “highly flexible”, with charge times ranging from seven hours to less than one hour, depending on the method chosen.

A dedicated “wall box” for battery charging can be installed at the owner’s home or business, and Denza offers a smartphone app for owners to remotely check on their EV’s charge-level, or to contact their local dealer.

In addition, a joint venture with technology group ABB is aiming to establish the world’s largest charging infrastructure in China by 2020.

Using Chinese electricity prices, the cost of driving 100km has been estimated at AU$3.51.

The Denza holds five passengers and offers 460 litres of boot space, while standard equipment for the entry-level ‘Lifestyle’ model includes 18-inch alloy wheels, leather seats and an eight-inch touchscreen.

The upmarket ‘Executive’ version adds a premium audio system, Xenon headlights and satellite navigation.

The EV is expected to be offered through BYD dealers initially, with three dedicated Denza dealers - one each for Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen – up and running by the middle of next year.

Denza has established 11 service centres and a 24-hour phone support service for now, and it plans to add three more dealers to the tally soon.

Pricing for the Denza starts at AU$63,660, but Chinese authorities will chip in up to AU$20,702 of that price through incentive programs.

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