Back in May of 2010, BYD and Daimler formed a joint venture to manufacture electric vehicles exclusively for the China. Today, we present to you the first renderings of the EV from the Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co. Ltd.

The renderings come directly from the Chinese patent bureau, which seems to leak images in streams. The patent application implies the design of the vehicle is finalized, which Daimler chief executive officer, Dieter Zetsche, confirmed in early October. We expect the Daimler-BYD electric vehicle to makes its official debut of April 2012.

Click here to check out additional renderings of the unnamed Daimler-BYD electric vehicle. Word is the electric-only vehicle will be based on the current Mercedes-Benz B-Class, so checking out Autoblog's First Drive of the diesel-engined 2012 B-Class here might shed some light on the new EV.


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      Grendal
      • 4 Months Ago
      It looks like someone went to the CODA school of vehicle design. Someone hit this design with an ugly stick. It's sad that the car of the future keeps looking like the worst designs of the past. The exception to this rule seems to be Tesla.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Grendal
        Except that the Model S most closely resembles a mid-90's Chrysler. http://www.carautoportal.com/car-images/chrysler/chrysler-concorde/chrysler-concorde.jpg
          fly by wireless
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Can't believe this got uprated. I call BS. The Model S looks more like an Aston Martin than that melted bar of soap from Chrysler.
      markkiernan
      • 4 Months Ago
      Not exactly Teslasic (not a hot set of wheels) but I hope they do well.
      Spec
      • 4 Months Ago
      Yeah. Someone correct me if I am wrong but my understanding is that very large numbers of Chinese live in high-rise apartment/condo buildings where they don't have a charging infrastructure to use. I also think a lot of Chinese already have methods of getting to work such that a new car is more for weekend trips . . . and that is something EVs are not great at. EVs are best as workday commuting vehicles.
      Peter
      • 4 Months Ago
      They keep trying, but an EV seems to be a monumental hard sell in China, despite subsidy, witness the lack of sales by the BYD partner of their own EVs. There may not be many greenies there, or they are happier with their bicycles. Perhaps the prestige of the Daimler partner may raise the desirability of this car. Clearly some in the politburo leadership are interested, otherwise there would be no subsidies, so there must be barriers that are not evident.
        DaveMart
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Peter
        Less garages to plug them in, I would have thought.
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