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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 vehicle is BAIC’s EU5 compact electric sedan. The first batch of 10,000 EU5s were delivered to Didi last month and the rest will be shipped this year, BJEV said.

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.

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