According to Battery China.com, Mercedes-Benz showed off the CLA concept car for the first time at this year’s Munich Auto Show and plans to launch a mass-produced model in 2024.
The car can have a cruising range of 750 kilometers and is expected to be equipped with lithium iron phosphate (LFP) blade batteries from BYD. The MMA platform will support 800-volt ultra-fast charging.
Ola Kaellenius, chairman of the board of directors of Mercedes-Benz, said at the Munich Auto Show: “The floating costs of electric vehicles include battery raw materials, software development and electricity costs, which account for a very high proportion of the total cost and will still account for a high proportion in the foreseeable future. And it is not easily passed on to consumers.”
After the inquiry about relevant information, it was found that BYD and Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler had already started work in 2010. The two parties jointly funded the establishment of Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co., Ltd., each holding 50% of the shares, and later in 2021 Equity adjustments were made at the end of the year, with BYD and Daimler holding 90% and 10% of Denza respectively.
Daimler, Toyota and other car companies visited BYD’s battery factory as “No. 1 Customer” in 2020. Subsequently, BYD reached cooperation with Toyota and Daimler in different directions.