BAIC to supply 20,000 customized EVs for Didi fleet
Beijing Electric Vehicle Co., a unit of state-owned BAIC Motor Co., plans to deliver 20,000 customized vehicles to ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing under a partnership deal the two sides struck in January.
The customized EU5 has a range of 416 kilometers on one charge. It has on-board payment and navigation systems to allow drivers to automatically pay vehicle parking fees and plan routes.
The electric sedan also offers in-car infotainment and wireless internet connection for ride-hailing customers. It will provide vehicle location and vehicle-theft warning services for future ride-hailing fleet operators, according to BJEV.
In January, BJEV and Didi established a joint venture in Beijing to develop telematics and a fleet management system for BAIC’s EU5 to allow the EV to be incorporated into Didi’s ride-hailing fleet.
BJEV is China’s largest battery EV maker. It delivered 158,012 EVs in 2018, a surge of 53 percent from a year earlier.
Didi said it had registered 400,000 EVs and plug-in hybrids on its platform in China by the end of January.
In 2016, Didi acquired the Chinese business of its U.S. peer, Uber, consolidating its dominance of the domestic ride-hailing market.