UPDATE: China’s Didi Signs 12 Carmakers for EV-Sharing Service
Beijing-based Didi Chuxing Technology Co. has signed partnership agreements with a dozen carmakers to launch a car-sharing network in China featuring electric vehicles.
DiDi describes the network as an “open, new-energy car-sharing system” that users would access by using a mobile app.
Partners include BAIC, BYD, Changan Automobile, Chery Automobile, Geely, Kia, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance and Zotye Automobile. DiDi says it also has signed a memorandum of understanding with Volkswagen, but for a separate program.
DiDi, which acquired the Chinese operations of Uber Technologies Inc. in 2016, is the country’s largest ride-hailing service. Last year it launched a “smart transportation” platform that integrates data about the company’s fleet with real-time traffic reports. The system also can control “smart” traffic lights and reversible traffic lanes.
Separately, DiDi is setting up a charging network for EVs in China. Two months ago the company said the system already serves more than 260,000 EVs.
Continental, an automotive supplier that has a deep engineering bench, is making a huge organizational change, one that Dr. Elmar Degenhart, chairman of the executive board, explains is necessary because, as he puts it, “The industry is changing at a high pace, so we have to change, too.”
To know that 3,000 cars have been delivered since October 2015 would undoubtedly result in a shrug: in 2017 Toyota delivered 387,081 Camrys, so that 3,000 is less than one percent, and this is in one year, not just over two.
Additive manufacturing (AM) is just one manufacturing method that drives advanced mobility forward and also has a history of embracing the digital connectivity demanded by this trend.