Uber and Lyft have made recent headlines with new sustainability efforts, including Uber's announced expansion of its portfolio of services to include bike rentals and competitor Lyft’s step to buy carbon offset to cover all rides on its platform, in addition to  the two ride-hailing competitors previously announced efforts in sustainable transport. Among these are Uber’s announced Clean Air Fund in the United Kingdom which sees it pledge up to £5,000 towards upgrading their vehicles to EVs, aiming to replace some 40,000 of its drivers in London alone. Lyft, meanwhile, has announced it aims to deliver at least a billion rides per year with electric, autonomous vehicles by 2025. seemed to set the mark for sustainability ambitions in the ride-hailing industry until a recent announcement by Chinese competitor Didi Chuxing set the bar considerably higher. The Chinese ride-hailing service, which edged out Uber in a tough competition for Chinese markets in 2016, announced a partnership with Chinese electric vehicle manufacturing start-up CHJ Automotive in March which would see the company produce electric vehicles for use in Didi’s ride-hailing network.

Didi took the next step at this year’s Beijing auto show on April 28th where it announced a broad partnership with 31 leading international automakers to develop low-cost electric vehicles to support its goal of amassing one million electric vehicles in its network by 2020 and ten million by 2028. Coupled with the company’s ambitious expansion targets, aiming to grow from its current 450 million users to 2 billion by 2028 and active partnerships with ride-hailing services around the globe, Didi’s commitment to emission-free mobility stands to make a significant impact in a world gradually moving away from ownership and increasingly towards shared mobility services.

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