ABB and BYD Daimler in fast chargers partnership
The agreement will result in the world's largest fast-charging network for electric vehicles. According to the two companies, the wall-mounted chargers will have a number of innovations designed for user convenience and safety including a mobile app that allows cloud-based remote monitoring and control of charging sessions.
First deliveries are expected by the middle of the year. The chargers will be sold through BYD-Daimler's Denza dealerships along with the vehicle. The first Denza dealership will open in Beijing and more dealerships will be built up simultaneously in Shanghai and Shenzhen.
Established between BYD and Daimler, BYD-Daimler was the first joint venture in China specializing in developing and producing new-energy vehicles. The joint venture's Denza brand will have its world premiere at Beijing auto show in April. It is slated to go on sale later this year.
Ulrich Spiesshofer, CEO of ABB Group, said he is confident about the deal with BYD-Daimler. "We are honored to be a partner in this venture with BYD-Daimler to move urban transportation forward in a more sustainable way. By combining car and fast charger sales, Denza is taking a bold step to address a key obstacle for potential electric car buyers."
The fully electric Denza is designed for journeys of more than 250 km and will be among the first long-range electric vehicles on the Chinese market. ■