A Chinese car fleet firm has announced plans to build its own charging network for its electric cars as well as allowing the public to use their EV charging network.
Didi Chuxing is a major ride-sharing company, providing transportation services for more than 450 million users across over 400 cities in China. It already operates a fleet of more than 260,000 electric vehicles on its operations, which include taxi, mini bus and car rental services and a ride-hailing app.
Cheng Wei, founder and CEO of Didi Chuxing said: “The future of transport is new energy vehicles, and ridesharing will be a key link in promoting new energy on the road”.
He said that “with the advance of new energy and new transmission technology, humanity has the chance to build a global ‘internet’ of energy”, while urging for businesses and governments to join forces and work together to achieve the integration of ‘three internets’: the internet of information, energy and transportation.
Along with the announcement of the construction of an electric vehicle (EV) charging network, the company also revealed that it would like to increase the amount of EVs within its fleet to 1 million by 2020 which is an increase of 75 per cent in three years.
Didi Chuxing has teamed up with National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (NEVS AB) to develop an electric vehicle fully optimised for the mobility services Didi is offering.
Stefan Tilk, President and CEO at NEVS said: “With Didi actively taking part in the design and development phase, we will make sure that the vehicles will be fully adapted for the needs of our customer”.
Kai Johan Jiang, Chairman of NEVS said: “NEVS have many years of solid innovation experience, based on the Saab heritage. We now combine this with the knowledge and the progressive mindset from an outstanding company like Didi.
“It’s a perfect match from which the whole ecosystem will benefit from”.
It hasn’t yet been announced how many charging points will be built or how long it will take to complete the EV charging network.