China’s equivalent to Uber, DiDi has formed a strategic alliance with BAIC Group. They want to foster mobility with electric cars together, including fleet operation, big data applications, design and EV charging services.
The new agreement has been called and “in-depth business cooperation” in a statement, while DiDi had recently sought the cooperation with various major carmakers. The reported idea is to install an electric vehicle sharing platform and BYD as well as local partners of Ford and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance had signed up among others.
The agreement with BAIC was described “to accelerate the development of EV support infrastructure, including operation and vehicle charging,” by Cheng Wei, founder and CEO of DiDi.
BAIC in turn announced to develop a national EV technology innovation center and to build an EV ecosystem around new energy and intelligent networking vehicles.
Still, DiDi stressed that it continues wanting to work with other carmakers too.