• Mar 2nd 2010 at 7:57AM
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Daimler looks to be bolstering its presence in the electric vehicle sweepstakes with a newly announced deal with China's BYD to develop EVs for the booming Chinese market. According to Dieter Zetsche, Daimler chairman and head of Mercedes-Benz:
Daimler's know-how in electric vehicle architecture and BYD's excellence in battery technology and e-drive systems are a perfect match. Thus, we will be able to participate in the potential growth of electric mobility in China, currently the largest auto market of the world.
China passed the United States as the world's largest automobile market last year, and BYD is arguably the leading Chinese automaker when it comes to battery and EV technology. Remember, too, that Daimler entered into a partnership with California-based Tesla Motors for the development of electric vehicles, taking a nine-percent stake in the startup automaker in the process.

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      • 8 Months Ago
      Man Daimler, you sure are a whore. Who haven't you slept with yet? Korea I'm going to guess is next? What about Japan? I love to see some smart/micro van concept come out of that.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Go ahead, Daimler, share your technology with chinese company XYZ. Within a year it will show up in knockoff products from ZYX company and a dozen others who will control 90% of the market and leave you with a pittance from your own technology. Good luck with that.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Daimler said the same thing to Tesla. Only back then, they were going to provide "engineering expertise", not their "know-how in electric vehicle architecture". We all know how it all ended, with the Arabs now owning Daimler's 4% share of Tesla.
      • 8 Months Ago
      I don't see the Chinese EV market surpassing the US or European one for at least 10 years.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Mark, 10 years is a very long time span for any prediction about China. 10 years ago, nobody would predict they become the biggest automobile market. Neither would anybody imagine China would own the largest high-speed train network. You probably never bother to learn what is China's transportation and energy plan. As I did my homework on that, I predict that their EV market will definitely surpass U.S. in three years.
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