This is the first time we have seen the Denza vehicle, and it's got some interesting touches. The cabin is easy-access thanks to rear suicide doors that open up to a "lounge" style rear seats (according to Denza, anyway) that contains chrome, wood and copper features as well as an "ambient light system that runs all throughout the cabin making night driving more pleasant without compromising safety." The all-electric car is being called a "New Energy Vehicle" (NEV) but important details like battery size, price, range, etc. are not available yet. The car doesn't seem to have a name – it is identified simply as Denza's "new all-electric vehicle show car" – but it is being developed for the Chinese market with an expected arrival in 2013. Prototypes are being tested now, and Denza says that the number of NEVs in China could hit 5 million by 2020.
The BYD-branded models on display include the Qin (pronounced but not written "Chin," as BYD PR said the other day) plug-in hybrid and the F3 Plus. The Qin has an all-electric range of 31 miles and uses a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that puts out 223 kW of power and 440 Nm (295 pound-feet) of torque. The Qin's 0-62 mile per hour time is 6.9 seconds and top speed is 115 mph. All this with 118 MPGe. You can read more about the BYD models here and take a look at pictures of the Qin on stage in the gallery below.
Beijing, China, Apr 23, 2012
- First appearance of the DENZA brand at a motor show
- Inspiring New Energy Vehicle (NEV) concept developed in China for the Chinese market
- First prototypes of future production model already out on the streets
- BYD and Daimler Joint Venture making good progress
Auto China 2012 marks the first appearance of the DENZA brand at a motor show. It is also the first landmark event since the official launch of the brand, which took place in Shenzhen in March this year. The arrival of DENZA marked the first strictly NEV brand in the Chinese market.
"Even before the birth of DENZA, Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co., Ltd. (BDNT) has created a very special 'first': When Daimler and BYD made their partnership official in the spring of 2010, they founded the first joint venture in China dedicated solely to New Energy Vehicle. The Joint Venture is making extremely positive progress with the first prototypes of the future production model already out on the streets," said Ulrich Walker, Chairman of the Board of Directors of BDNT and Chairman and CEO of Daimler Northeast Asia. "We are very much on track with the plans for our DENZA vehicle."
Over 200 engineers and experts from both companies have gathered and combined their strengths at BDNT's base in Shenzhen. BYD is providing its expertise in battery technology and e-drive systems, as well as their experience in bringing electric vehicles onto the roads of China. Daimler is contributing more than 125 years of excellence in automotive design and know-how in vehicle architecture, safety and quality.
The concept car unveiled today, a full electric battery-driven model, was designed, and will be built and sold in China. "We are reaching out to those who believe that state-of-the-art technologies and beautiful concepts can blend together into the perfect mobility solution without compromising on safety and comfort, to provide both a modern and green urban lifestyle," remarked BDNT COO Arno Roehringer while introducing the car at Auto China 2012. "We are creating DENZA not only for the people of today, but also for inspiring our next generations."
"We brought traditional Chinese elements forward into the next generation with a priority on ergonomic design and some futuristic innovations," said CEO Lian Yubo, on hand to point out some of the features of the car to the gathering of auto media and various dignitaries. "The rear seating area was designed to feel as much as possible like a lounge area. The lounge character really comes out through the reclining rear seats integrated into the design." He went on to describe the chrome inside and out, the wood and copper features in the interior, and the ambient light system that runs all throughout the cabin making night driving more pleasant without compromising safety.
The exterior chrome can be illuminated to provide perfected visibility and safety. It is visually integrated with the battery storage area, which succeeds better than most EVs at keeping the batteries out of passengers' way. Combined with the rear-hinged rear doors, the DENZA concept car is easily accessible, with no awkward battery-related steps to clear while entering or exiting the vehicle.
The DENZA booth at Auto China is carefully designed to reflect the strengths of the car, as well as the values of the company. The main feature is a large white ribbon which flows all around the booth, defining its dimensions and the character of the interior. The sense of movement – like a car on the road - is reinforced by the actual movement of the light in the LED strip along its rocker panel. The LED light is the identical blue found in DENZA logo and in the body paint of the car. This "DENZA blue" color represents the company's twin conceptual foundations of environmental responsibility and cutting-edge technology.
China is the home of DENZA because of its potential as an NEV market. With its expanding middle class, increasing urbanization, open-minded consumers, and a supportive government determined to reduce their reliance on crude oil, central government expects the number of NEVs in China to rise from its current level of 10,000 to 5,000,000 by 2020 according to the latest NEV industrialization plan. With the launch of its new concept car, and a production model slated for release in 2013, DENZA is "on track".
BYD Technologies Dazzle at Beijing Auto Show
First Production Car with Remote Driver Controls, EV Stranded Vehicle Assist (V2V)
BEIJING, CHINA - Today, BYD unveiled two new exciting models – the ―F3 Plus‖ and the Dual Mode ―Qin‖ (pronounced ―Chin‖) at 2012 Beijing International Auto Show. This year's Auto show theme was ―Innovate and Excel‖ and BYD did both displaying 3 new break-through technologies in their new vehicles. The BYD Qin is an intelligent, next-generation, highly-efficient dual-mode electric vehicle that uses BYD's new, innovative Dual Mode II system with improvements over the first generation's F3DM system. These improvements include: 7% better efficiency, power and energy-saving and in pure EV mode, the Qin can travel 50 km (31 miles) on a single 10 KWh charge. In hybrid mode, the Qin can use both its 110 KW electric motor and its 1.5 Turbo (TID) engine to output 223 KW of power and a whopping 440 Nm of torque. With this amazing torque, the Qin can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in only 6.9 seconds and has a top speed of 185 km/h (115mph). In hybrid mode, the Qin requires just 16 RMB (~$2.50 USD) of energy per 100 Km (equating to a little less than 2 liters of fuel per 100 km or 118 mpg).
The Qin is also equipped with the BYD ―i‖ intelligent cloud system platform incorporating features like telematics, cloud-computing and a full-range of services 24 hours a day (like roadside assistance, vehicle positioning, remote monitoring, music and video downloads etc..).
The new BYD F3 Plus best represents the Auto Show's concept of ―Excel.‖ The F3 Plus uses BYD's self-developed, 1.5 Turbo-charged, Direct-injection, Dual Clutch engine and incorporates, as a standard feature, the break-through ―Remote Driving Controller‖ technology-a first for a mass production vehicle. The Remote Driving Control technology allows many driving functions to be performed remotely with a specially design remote ―key.‖ With the key in their hands, the driver can start the car, move it forward or back, turn left and right, and travel at a restricted speed all by itself, without the driver being inside the vehicle. It is a perfect solution when the parking space is not wide enough for the driver to exit the car once parked. In windy and rainy weather, drivers can remotely move their car for easy entrance.
BYD F3 Plus
Bi-directional Charging and Discharging technology
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Finally, BYD displayed another first in EV technology features – standard Bi-directional Charging and Discharging technology able to allow vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) discharging for stranded vehicle assists, Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) and Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) solutions. This technology transforms your EV into a mobile energy storage station.
BYD is ranked #1 at the top of Bloomberg's and BusinessWeek's 2009 Tech 100 List (http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20100520006751/en/BYD-Tops-Bloomberg-Businessweek%E2% 80%99s-12th-Annual-Tech ) and is the leading manufacturer of advanced, environmentally-friendly battery technologies like the BYD's Iron Phosphate battery used in BYD electric vehicles and electric busses. BYD's solar panels and LED Lighting systems have CEC, TUV/CE and UL listings, and the company enjoys rapid growth in consumer electronics space and electrified transportation sector manufacturing under its BYD brand. BYD is the fastest-growing Chinese automotive and green energy technology enterprise. The Company trades on the Hong Kong Exchange (HKE) under the ticker numbers (HK.0285 – BYD Electronics) and (HK.1211 – BYD Company Ltd.), as well as on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange under the ticker number (002594 - BYD Company Ltd.). For more information, visit www.byd.com , www.facebook.com/bydcompany or email firstname.lastname@example.org .