Didi partners with Chinese EV startup Xpeng to boost car rental and EV charging services
by kr-asia 2020-01-06
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China’s largest ride-hailing platform Didi Chuxing has announced in a press release that its one-stop automobile solutions platform Xiaoju Automobile Solutions has entered into a partnership with Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Xpeng Motors in the areas of car rental, ride-hailing car leasing, charging, and auto services businesses.


Customers will be able to access and lease an Xpeng G3 model, Xiaopeng’s first released EV, on the Didi app for a day or for a month. Although prices were not revealed, Didi mentioned that a charging fee of RMB 200 (USD 28.7) is included in the leasing package, which ensures a mileage of about 1000 kilometers.


Reportedly, a trial car rental service was first launched in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, and all 10 available vehicles were rented out within three minutes, according to local media Tencent News. 


According to the same report, Didi will also launch a follow-up promotional event starting tomorrow, allowing Didi customers to rent an Xpeng G3 model for RMB 3,000 per month. Users that are satisfied with the rental experience can also opt to buy the vehicle, which has a retail price starting from USD 23,000, while the rental fee can be deducted from the purchasing payment.