Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz has taken the wraps off its latest electric vehicle, the Denza 400. The Denza 400 is made in partnership with Daimler's Chinese partner BYD and will be available only in China.
However, the Denza 400 could point towards the electric future of Mercedes, as it is built on the Mercedes-Benz B-Class platform. The Mercedes B-Class already has an electric variant currently on sale in Europe.
For the new Denza 400, Mercedes upgraded the 47.5kWh battery pack to 62kWh which in turn has seen the range increase to 400 kilometres (under the the Chinese/NEDC rating system).
In a press release, Daimler stated, "The DENZA 400 features improved battery density achieved through an upgraded production process that increases the battery's capacity from 47.5 kWh to 62 kWh while maintaining the original size. With an upgraded range of up to 400 km, most Chinese consumers, who generally drive 50 to 80 km per day, will only need to recharge their DENZA 400 once per week."
The range is expected to be less in the real world .but it is the size of the battery pack that is fitted onto what is basically a rehashed Mercedes B-Class, that should worry Merc's rivals. The Chevrolet Bolt has a 60kWh battery pack. The upcoming Tesla (Merc's former battery suppliers) Model 3's battery pack is also expected to feature a lower energy battery pack.
However, with a new electric car sub-brand expected to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show and four new electric vehicles expected to show up by 2018, the larger battery pack could send rivals like Audi, Volkswagen and BMW running for the hills.