BP is joining forces with DiDi Chuxing – the Chinese ride-hailing giant to create a new charging network across China.
The firms say China represents the world’s biggest and fastest-moving market for electric vehicles They aim to built a network to serve this market combining BP’s energy retailing experience with DiDi’s platforms for ride-hailing and car sharing.
DiDi says it has more than half a billion users in China with the country also home to more than half the world’s electric vehicles.
The firms opened a pilot site in May 2019 on the outskirts of Guangzhou, in the south of China. It now plans to rapid expansion of the network.
The Guangzhou station has already been connected to Xiaoju Automobile Solutions, DiDi’s mobile-based auto-related services platform for charging, leasing, maintenance, and repairs.
DiDi also has increasingly global ambitions. DiDi Mobility launched in Japan last year as a joint venture between DiDi Chuxing and SoftBank Corp and recently expanded its taxi-hailing service in Tokyo and Kyoto having started in Osaka.
It has also launched ride hailing services in Chile and Columbia.
Tufan Erginbilgic, BP’s Downstream chief executive, said: “As the world’s largest EV market, China offers extraordinary opportunities to develop innovative new businesses at scale and we see this as the perfect partnership for such a fast-evolving environment.
“The lessons we learn here will help us further expand BP’s advanced mobility business worldwide, helping drive the energy transition and develop solutions for a low carbon world.”
Cheng Wei, DiDi’s chairman and chief executive, said: “We look forward to combining our strengths to create a robust EV charging network for China, promote the growth of the new energy automotive industry, and provide better experience for car owners across the country.”
The firms say the ambition is to become China’s leading EV charging provider. BP has made a series of investments with Chinese partners in hardware, software and infrastructure to support the development of the country’s electric vehicle ecosystem.
Xiaoping Yang, BP China chairman and president said, “China offers tremendous growth opportunities for BP. Partnering with DiDi enables BP to actively contribute to China’s fast-growing EV charging market and also to further expand our business footprint in the country.”