Didi: collaboration with State Grid for electric vehicle services



The State Grid charging station network will be connected to Didi’s auto solutions platform


In China, car sharing becomes electric. Didi, a Chinese car sharing giant, has in fact concluded a strategic partnership agreement with State Grid EV Service for an initiative that sees the use of electric vehicles (EV). In particular, the State Grid EV Service is a wholly owned subsidiary of the State Grid of China, the largest state-owned public utility in the country.

According to the partnership agreement, State Grid’s national network of charging stations will be connected to Didi’s open car solutions platform, Xiaoju Automobile Solutions, to provide integrated mobility, charging and energy services.

The two sides will also try to collaborate in the development of new car service models. The cooperation will develop first in the main central and south-eastern provinces, including Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangsu, Shandong, Shaanxi, Hunan and Jiangxi.


China accounts for over 55% of global sales of new energy vehicles


This new partnership is part of Didi’s strategy that sees strategic importance in self-related services as it seeks to go beyond its core-hailing business. In April 2018, in fact, the company invested $ 1 billion in Xiaoju Automobile Solutions. Through this platform, the company collaborates with car manufacturers, fleet operators and energy partners to provide automotive integrated solutions to users.

While electric vehicles become mainstream as an ecological alternative for drivers, Didi is already thinking about the future. In fact, the company has recently established a joint venture with a state-owned BAIC unit to work on new energy-powered and artificial intelligence vehicles.


Didi is working on new vehicles with energy and artificial intelligence


As part of its self-related services, Didi has explored electronic vehicle charging services in the past. At the end of 2017, it announced plans for its electric vehicle charging network. The company now has over 400,000 electric vehicles operating on its platform.

According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, China accounts for over 55% of global sales of new energy vehicles, also thanks to government subsidies to support technology.



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