Denza Joins Teslas In 80edays – The Ultimate Electric Vehicle Challenge

JUN 20 2016 BY MARK KANE 21

Andrew Yi Zong, 80edays China Team Pilot, PHNIX CEO, and creator of the Fission Startup Method

Andrew Yi Zong, 80edays China Team Pilot, PHNIX CEO, and creator of the Fission Startup Method

Andrew Yi Zong, a Chinese businessman and philanthropist, announced his participation in the upcoming 80edays – an Around-the-World Electric Vehicle Rally – in a Denza electric car.

80edays China Team seems to be the only entry in a non-Tesla EV (beside one electric bus) and it will be probably the only opportunity to see the Denza EV in U.S. (June-July) or Europe any time soon.

Denza (JV between Daimler and BYD) states over 300 km (180 miles) range is possible in the EV.

“On 16 June 2016, the 80edays China Team will depart from Barcelona, Spain in a DENZA electric vehicle (EV) on an around-the-world rally with 10 other teams driving Tesla EVs. The China Team pilot Andrew Yi Zong, an environmentally conscious electric car enthusiast, has selected a DENZA, the Sino-German joint venture brand built in China, to showcase innovative Chinese EV technology.

Zong previously built China’s first private electric car charging network between Beijing and Guangzhou to get his own Tesla Model S home to Guangzhou. A serial entrepreneur, Zong will be sharing insights of his proven Fission Startup Method, which empowers employees to lead new business ventures, at select events on the East and West coasts of America when the 80edays ELDURO EV rally brings him to the United States 23 June-10 July.

The route for the 80edays ELDURO pure electric vehicle rally will take the 11 multinational teams across Europe, Asia, and North America, demonstrating that EV technology is ready for people around the world to seriously consider when buying their next car.

As well as demonstrating his commitment to a cleaner planet, 80edays China Team pilot, Andrew Yi Zong, CEO of PHNIX ECO-Energy Solutions, one of the world’s largest heat pump manufacturers in China, is paving the way for the ideals of the Chinese dream with his innovative Fission Startup Method. The Fission Method, a democratic election system that allows outstanding employees to run new business ventures or become shareholders, has led to the creation of 10 spin-off companies in 10 years.”

“Andrew Yi Zong will be presenting his Fission Startup Method during the “Global Disruptors Speaker Series” of events being held on the East and West coasts of the United States between 23 June and 10 July, dates and locations to be announced. For more information and to register for these events, visit”



Andrew Yi Zong said:

“Chinese citizens, like Americans, are striving for a better life and many have aspirations to run their own businesses. The Fission Method makes it possible for employees to become shareholders in the company they work for and even choose the leader by investing their own money to participate in the election process. Through an exciting internal selection contest, employees vote for the best candidate, who also pays to be a contender, and the person with the most votes becomes the general manager of the new company.”

Rafael de Mestre, creator of the 80edays Challenge, crossed the globe in 2012 in a Tesla Roadster in 127 days said:

“Andrew is a perfect candidate to captain an 80edays team because he cares passionately for the planet and he’s so enthusiastic about electric vehicles. He’s also in the unique position to take more than two months off to drive around the world because of his astute business acumen that empowers his employees to manage the businesses in his absence, which is key to why we selected him to represent China.”

Team China - Denza

Team China – Denza…with obligatory model

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21 Comments on "Denza Joins Teslas In 80edays – The Ultimate Electric Vehicle Challenge"

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Either that car is awfully large or the lovely model is very small.

It is a beast. It has a flat battery pack that is 8 inches high that rides high like an SUV.

Model S is wider and longer. The battery pack is not flat. It has higher parts and lower parts conveniently placed, like the Leaf or the B-200.

You hate the Chinese Dan?

The Tesla is also a beast. I wouldn’t drive a model S if you agreed to pay to widen every street in my neighborhood.

How did you get from my comment about big cars to not liking the Chinese???

“When did you stop beating your wife?”

How did you get the “flat battery” false info?

How about right here on this site???

“As a purpose-built EV, the DENZA’s huge 47.5 kWh battery has to be squeezed in somewhere, and like the LEAF and Tesla Model S the pack is hidden in the floor; a fact that makes the DENZA ride high, a full 8 inches higher than that of the Volt.”

I could also highlight the word “HUGE” in that snippet…you know, the point I was trying to make before you flew into some kind of nationalistic rage?

The more the merrier. Maybe this will wake up other manufacturers. To bad no BOLT entered yet — GM are you listening?

No Ugly or Fugly? (It’s not a Tesla). There must be anything to be annoyed about this car?

It’s not bad, overall. Looks a tad dated since Tesla smoothed the fronts of all their fleet. Nosecone is so early 2016. 😉

We need more guys like this Zong!

The whole event will likely be totally ignored/blanked by the world’s media – not least because of the inclusion of the dangerously and deviantly disruptive BYD-Daimler DENZA which the Western(ie. non-Chinese) media has refused to mention or cross-reference at all in any EV-related reports or commentary over the past 18 months or so.

Paul G Editor EVUK

Can U pls elaborate on your statement?
Is Denza not a ceberated joint venture between Daimler and BYD?
Is Denza production not led by German engineer(s)?
Is the e-car that awful?

How is the publicity and boycott of a symphatetic electricity driven round the world event related to that German-Chinese JV?


The electric bus taking part in the race is actually pretty cool: it’s made out of composite material (so it’s lightweight, compared to traditional buses), it has a modular design (so it can meet a wide range of expectations) and it has a consumption of 0.6 kwh/km.

You are right, it is cool and its consumption – if correct in real world conditions – is amazing.

What make is it and where is it produced?
Your bets, pls 🙂

It’s name is Modulo, it’s made in Hungary by a company called evopro.


I so much like this Denza EV. Shame it does not sell to private owners in Europe. Some taxi fleets use them, and I’ve heard through the personal grapevine that it’s a very nice ride indeed: nice and high up, but lower than an average SUV, nice and easy boot/trunk access and utility with the vertical hatch.

I must say, of all the longer-range EVs I currently know of (Leaf, Model S, Model X, Model 3, e-Golf, i3), this one strikes me as the most practical, down-to-earth and family- and transport-friendly.

I would like to know about a realistic range assessment. Oh, and I think it lacks DC fast charging. That would be an issue for the private owner market. Otherwise: Bring. It. On.!

I think this is one of the few LiFePO4 powered BEV models, a lot more common in China considering their regulations.

It’s a lot easier to design not having to worry much about temperature or cycle-life compared to the other Lithium chemistries.

Newsflash, if you design the car with enough space for the battery and around it you can end up with something that looks totally out of the ordinary.

You’ll note that this guy was heavily involved with Tesla in China, yet isn’t driving a Tesla, but instead a car that can’t be charged quickly. Why?

Word on the street is that Tesla has so seriously snubbed this event, that he got pissed off and went with a different car.

These teams really needed some basic support for interoperability of the Superchargers, and Tesla told them that they wouldn’t help.

So, EU spec Tesla Model S cars can’t use any of the Superchargers in North America or Japan, and maybe China, too. And vice-versa.