Brazilian ride-hailer 99 to electrify its cars with China’s BYD

Brazilian ride-hailing company 99 revealed on Tuesday that it plans to begin testing electric vehicles tailor-made by Chinese automaker BYD for car-hailing services. The trials will launch this week in Sao Paulo, with the firm planning to gradually deploy more than 300 EVs as part of its fleet by the end of 2022. A major rival to Uber in Latin America and a subsidiary of Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi, 99 has set a goal to put 10,000 EVs on the roads by 2025. Didi has had a long-time alliance with BYD, with the two companies co-launching an EV model specifically for ride-hailing services in November 2020. [Reuters]


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