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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.
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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.​​​​​​

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