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Didi EV Joint Venture With Li Auto Files For Bankruptcy

Beijing Judian Chuxing Technology was just one of a series of partnerships ride-hailer Didi struck with automakers including Volkswagen, Toyota and BYD


Didi EV venture folds
The logo for Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Global Inc during the IPO on the New York Stock Exchange floor on June 30, 2021. Photo: Reuters

 

Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi’s joint EV venture with Li Auto has filed for bankruptcy, bringing a four-year partnership to an end.

The company, Beijing Judian Chuxing Technology, which was 51% owned by Didi while 49% was held by Li Auto, submitted the bankruptcy application to a Beijing court on Thursday.

Didi and Li Auto did not immediately respond to requests for comment.  

 

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Didi and Li Auto, previously known as Chehejia, established the EV venture in 2018 to develop and manufacture customised smart electric vehicles for ride-hailing services.

It was also among a series of partnerships Didi struck with major automakers including Volkswagen, Toyota and BYD with plans to adopt more EVs with autonomous driving technologies in its fleets.

While Didi and BYD launched a co-developed EV model D1 in 2020, most of the collaborations have made little progress.

Scrutiny from Beijing for suspected violation of data security has forced Didi to de-list from the New York Stock Exchange and reined in its business since last July.

However, the ride-hailing firm has quietly pushed ahead with a car-making project, code-named “Da Vinci,” Reuters reported in June.

It was also in advanced talks with state-backed Sinomach Automobile to buy a third of its electric-vehicle unit, Reuters reported then.   

 

  • Reuters with additional editing by Sean O’Meara

 

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Sean O'Meara

Sean O'Meara is an Editor at Asia Financial. He has been a newspaper man for more than 30 years, working at local, regional and national titles in the UK as a writer, sub-editor, page designer and print editor. A football, cricket and rugby fan, he has a particular interest in sports finance.

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