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English Español BP, DiDi to build electric vehicle charging network in China

The partners also intend to expand the venture into loyalty and convenience offerings and other fleet services in the near future. 



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Author: PetrolPlaza Correspondent Pablo Plaza

BP and China's Didi Chuxing (DiDi) announced they have agreed to form a new joint venture to build electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in China, the world's largest market for electric vehicles. The new joint venture plans to develop a network of EV charging hubs across the country.

The joint venture will develop standalone, reliable and high-quality charging hubs to provide EV charging services to DiDi's drivers and the public.

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, Chairman and CEO of DiDi, 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."

BP and DiDi have already opened a pilot site in Guangzhou in the Guangdong province, with ten fast-charging units, ranging from 60-120kW. This site will migrate into the joint venture once live. The venture aims to expand rapidly, with an ambition to quickly become the leading EV charging provider in China.

China is the world's largest and fastest-developing EV market with around 50% of the world's BEVs today. By 2030, it is expected that around 80% of EV charging in China to be done at destination, forecourt and fleet hub charge points.

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