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Daimler and BYD launch 250-mile EV in China

Daimler’s joint venture with Chinese carmaker BYD has launched an upgraded electric vehicle with a range of 250 miles.

Denza 400

The Denza 400 has a range of 400km, or around 250 miles

Based on the B-Class platform, the Denza launched in 2014 with a 47.5kWh lithium iron phosphate battery and a range of 188 miles, and sold 3,000 units in its first full year on sale.

The Denza 400 features a new battery with a capacity of 62kWh, but which isn’t physically larger than the old one. It also gets a upgraded motor and electronic control unit. This is claimed to offer a range of almost 250 miles to a single charge.

Hubertus Troska, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Greater China, said: “We are confident about the future prospect of new energy vehicles in the country. Daimler will continue to invest in research and development of efficient and eco-friendly new energy vehicles, which represent a key pillar of our China growth strategy.”

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Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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