Photo courtesy of DiDi

Photo courtesy of DiDi

Didi Chuxing (DiDi) launched its carsharing platform, partnering with automakers, new energy transportation infrastructure operators, and after-sales service providers, to build an open new energy carsharing 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.

App-based on-demand car-sharing is increasingly an important complement to car ownership. According to a study by GM Insights, the global carsharing market is expected to grow 34% annually from 2017 to 2024, while the annual growth rate in China will exceed 40%. The first generation of large-scale, new energy carsharing platforms is expected to materialize in core emerging countries such as China.

DiDi plans to leverage its AI strengths and national network to empower the entire automotive industry chain. The company’s world-leading data analytics capabilities enable smarter network management based on dynamic understanding of user distribution and attributes.

Under the partnership, DiDi will open its platform to automakers' own sharing services. The platform will 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 will also work closely with other carsharing services, rental companies, infrastructure operators, and after-sales service providers. The new program is expected to 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.