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Didi strengthens EV fleet with loans and charging

Ride-hailing unicorn forms service partnership with Chinese auto giant BAIC

Didi Chuxing's logo appears on a "new energy" car. Nearly 400,000 such autos are registered with Didi's ride-hailing app.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- Didi Chuxing, which operates China's top ride-hailing platform, will offer services such as financing and charging to electric vehicle drivers through a joint venture with state-owned automaker BAIC.

Drivers who look to offer ride services with "new energy" vehicles including electric cars and plug-in hybrids can use a smartphone app to obtain a car loan or lease the automobile. The app also will connect users to charging and maintenance services.

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