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Hellobike, Ant Financial, battery maker form e-bike battery company

By He Wei in Shanghai | | Updated: 2019-06-12 17:35
Executives witnessed the establishment of an e-bike battery joint venture by Hellobike, Ant Financial and Contemporary Amperex Technology at a press conference in Shanghai, June 12, 2019. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Shared transportation platform Hellobike announced on Wednesday the establishment of an electric bicycle battery company with a major battery maker and a financial technology firm.

China's Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd, Ant Financial Services Group and the bike-sharing startup will pour in an initial 1 billion yuan ($144.6 million) in the new joint venture, which is primarily engaged in e-bikes' battery-changing services.

The company will install smart battery-changing facilities across the country accommodating a wide portfolio of e-bikes. Users can access services by scanning QR codes on mobile phones.

Hellobike's Chief Executive Officer Yang Lei said the one-stop solution aims to build a solid infrastructure for China's two-wheel mobility industry that sees 1 billion rides on a daily basis.

The service is scheduled to be available in the second half this year and start in second and third-tier cities, where Hellobike has a first-mover advantage.

China had over 250 million e-bikes by 2017, and domestic production of e-bikes last year reached 30 million, according to data from the China Bicycle Association.

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