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SHARED MOBILITY Carsharing and ridesharing - important players in the US, Japan, and China
A number of automaker OEMs have invested in carsharing, ridesharing, or both in recent years. The first part of this article series detailed such companies in Europe; this second part looks at companies in the United States, Japan, and China.
There are plenty of companies in the United States, Japan, and China committing in carsharing and ridesharing. This article focuses on Tesla, Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Nissan, Kandi Electric Vehicles, Geely, Great Wall Motors, BAIC, Changan, Dongfeng, Chery, FAW Group, JAC, SAIC, GAC, WM Motor, SiTech Dev, XPeng Motors, NIO, Lifan, Zotye, and other Chinese mobility players.
Although electric vehicle (EV) producer Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk is famous for semi-regularly making Although EV producer Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk is famous for semi-regularly making attention-grabbing pronouncements, in July 2016, Musk nearly outdid himself when he stated that in a relatively short period of time, all owners of Tesla vehicles would be able to utilize them in a company-authorized carsharing program. This would effectively turn every Tesla owner into a service operator (with attendant side income) for those times of the day, week, or month that they would not be using their vehicle.