BP Joins Didi Chuxing on China Charging Stations

The partnership will build new, standalone stations for the general public.

August 02, 2019

LONDON—BP has partnered with Didi Chuxing, a ride-hailing company, to open charging stations across China, CNN Business reports. The new standalone charging points will be available for the general public, as well as Didi drivers.

The two companies have been operating a test with 10 stations in Guangzhou. BP and Didi said that they want to “quickly become the leading electric vehicle charging provider in China.”

Didi has approximately 600,000 EVs on its platform, which has 550 million users. Didi also partnered with China’s State Grid in a deal that allows Didi drivers access to the utility’s 50,000 charging stations.

Experts say China is the largest marketplace for electric vehicles, with about half of all EVs being sold in that country. The Chinese government is looking to expand the country’s 770,000 charging points to 4.8 million by next year.

In the United Kingdom, BP has been expanding its network of charging stations. “The lessons we learn [in China] will help us further expand BP’s advanced mobility business worldwide, helping drive the energy transition and develop solutions for a low-carbon world,” said Tufan Erginbilgic, a BP executive.

Meanwhile, General Motors and Bechtel in May announced a partnership to build thousands of fast-charge points in the United States.