China’s New Ridesharing Platform Capsizes Car Ownership
A partnership between ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing and 31 auto industry partners will bring out a fleet of EVs specifically designed for ridesharing
Chinese mobile transportation platform Didi Chuxing is set to upgrade ridesharing in a big way with the formation of D-Alliance, a collaboration between Didi and 31 auto industry partners. The new initiative includes a car specifically designed for ride-hailing services, which will be geared toward putting a fleet of 10 million electric vehicles on the road within the next decade.
Didi CEO Cheng Wei explained how the company plans to be the go-to service for the future of transportation at an event in Beijing. Partners includes some of China’s biggest auto names, including BYD Auto Co., Guangzhou Automotive Group and Beijing Automotive Group. BYD is helping to create the upcoming ridesharing car, known as D-1. This plan would allow the car manufacturers to be the main “car operators,” meaning they would be responsible for everything from maintenance to refueling.
Currently, Didi customers access 30 million rides per day. With this new platform, Didi plans to expand its customer base to 2 billion worldwide.
Lead Image: Didi Chuxing via Twitter