Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co. Ltd. (BDNT), which is the R&D joint venture of Daimler AG with BYD Company Limited, will unveil a design concept of the future joint venture electric vehicle during the Auto China in Beijing in April 2012. BDNT will also showcase its green vision, the new brand’s identity including logo, positioning and brand name.
The concept vehicle is going to provide our first outlook on the fully electric vehicle of BDNT that is set to be launched in 2013. For the meantime, the Shenzhen-based joint venture is creating positive progress on the production model of the vehicle.
Lately, work on building up the EV's first prototypes has started with the aim to have them operational by springtime in 2012. The joint venture will utilize Daimler’s knowledge in EV architecture and safety, and BYD’s expertise in battery technology and e-drive systems.
Additionally, Daimler’s quality philosophy has been integrated from a very early stage. This initiative will not only safeguard the car's quality but also to contribute the company’s long-standing expertise with quality management through the production processes and supply chain.
The production of the new-generation compact to mid-sized EVs in Shenzhen will be closely accompanied by Daimler’s quality management specialists. It will implement, to a large extent, the standardized production system of Daimler for passenger vehicles.
The supplier sourcing for the new automobile is almost complete. The partners of the joint venture partners have decided to make deals with various China-based international as well as with local suppliers.