DiDi launches open car-sharing platform, partners with 12 top automakers
Didi Chuxing (DiDi) launched its car-sharing platform, partnering with automakers, new energy transportation infrastructure operators, and after-sales service providers to build an open new energy car-sharing system for the future. The network of strategic partners now includes 12 top automakers including BAIC BJEV, BYD, Chang'an Automobile Group, Chery Automobile Group, Dongfeng Passenger Vehicle, First Auto Works, Geely Auto, Hawtai Motor, JAC Motors, KIA Motors, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, and Zotye Auto.
DiDi plans to leverage its artificial intelligence (AI) strengths and national network to empower the entire automotive industry chain. Under the partnership, DiDi will open its platform to automakers' own sharing services. The platform is expected to introduce to individuals and corporate partners not only diversified models from automakers, but also auto-related finance and insurance services.
In addition to automakers, DiDi says it will work closely with other car-sharing services, rental companies, infrastructure operators, and after-sales service providers. DiDi believes the new program will reduce cost and enhance efficiency for the entire industry chain by integrating resources from cars, capital, parking spaces, charging points, and refueling stations, to auto-maintenance and repair services in a new, open ecosystem of collaboration.
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding with DiDi to explore future business cooperation on a new electric vehicle car-sharing program in China. The memorandum of understanding underlines the commitment to new mobility services, including the launch of robo-vehicle ride-hailing services, as part of the alliance's 2022 strategic midterm plan.
Ogi Redzic, Senior Vice President of Connected Vehicles and Mobility Services for Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, said, "The potential business and technology opportunities that we will explore with DiDi are quite promising. This cooperation fits with the Alliance expansion in vehicle electrification, autonomy, connectivity, and new mobility services."
Chen Ting, General Manager for the Express Mobility Group of DiDi, said, "Strategic partnerships with the world's leading industry players like Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi will enable us to pool our strengths and resources to meet diversified mobility demands and create an open, sharing-based transportation ecosystem, as we innovate vehicles for a future of ridesharing, AI technology and new energy."