Ep. 6: Murder on the Didi Express, and China’s Love Affair with EVs


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This week on TechBuzz China by Pandaily, our hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma talk all about the happenings in the auto industry in China. There is bad news, and then there is good news.

The bad news that made waves all across China was the alleged rape and murder of a female passenger by a Didi Hitch driver. Rui and Ying-Ying talk about how the design of the Hitch product is partially responsible for the tragedy and the steps Didi Chuxing has taken to address this issue.

The good news is that China has loosened policies toward foreign new-energy vehicle carmakers. Tesla was the first to take advantage and has set up a wholly owned venture in Shanghai. Ying-Ying and Rui share their take on China’s established and upstart new-energy vehicle brands, and even make predictions on how things might play out in the world’s largest EV market.

As always, you can find these stories, including the latest developments of the Didi story, at pandaily.com. Let us know what you think of the show, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @thepandaily and to like our Facebook page!