A he car sharing is on the advance in the world's largest car market, China . The three major corporations Alibaba (China's Amazon), Tencent and the Internet group Baidu are investors in DiDi Chuxing. A mobility provider that is active in 400 cities of the gigantic empire and has over 450 million customers operates under this brand.
In addition to buses, a chauffeur service and fleets of rental bikes, there are also offers for shared taxi rides (taxi hailing), a Car rental and car sharing for the DiDi Chuxing offers. It is not only active in China. The start of a car sharing service in Mexico was recently announced.
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is a new partner
Within this universe, the DiDi Auto-Alliance aims to become the world's largest provider of car sharing. The European-Japanese alliance of Renault, Mitsubishi and Nissan is now a new partner of DiDi Auto-Alliance.
DiDi claims to have a fleet of over a million electrified cars on the road by 2020 . In addition to the Chinese cooperation partners BAIC and NEVS, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi also wants to use this to supply new sales channels for hybrids and electric cars in its own markets.
Ogi Redzic, Senior Vice President of Connected Vehicles at Mobility Services at Renault-Nissan Mitsubishi sees great potential in the cooperation: 'China is a key market for Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, and we are planning to play a key role in shaping the intelligent mobility of the future there in close partnership with market leaders such as DiDi.'
Autonomous Cars are part of the strategy
Self-driving cars should also be the focus of the cooperation with DiDi. It's a partRenault-Nissan-Mitsubishi's current strategic plan to become one of the most important providers of autonomous taxis by 2022. The alliance is planning 40 different models with autonomous driving functions. For this purpose, a venture capital fund was set up, which should be worth one billion US dollars over the next five years. Together with cooperation partners, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi would like to develop and share the technical requirements for autonomous driving.
A large part of these technologies will then be mainly in vehicles on China's roads.
Renault cooperates with Ikea
Renault is also launching a new car sharing program on its French home market with a large partner, albeit a non-branch company.
In cooperation with furniture retailer Ikea, the subsidiary brings Renault Mobility, which already operates 180 car sharing fleets in France, is launching a new offer.
By September 2018, 300 cars are to be available for furniture customers at 32 Ikea locations in France. In particular, the Trafic panel van and the smaller Kangoo, which will also be available as an electric version, are ideal for transporting freshly purchased furniture and kitchens.
Decorative items and potted plants should also fit in the Zoe small electric car . Two years after the start, the fleet available at Ikea will consist exclusively of electric cars. Renault and Ikea want to build a nationwide charging infrastructure at the furniture stores by then.