Chinese ride-hailing behemoth Didi is beta-testing its electric bike rental service in South China, a person with knowledge of the matter told TechNode. Didi is said to have won the initial support of at least three cities.

The firm is expected to develop its own bike rental brand, or potentially a separate app, with an access point from within Didi’s main app. Didi plans to launch the electric bike rental product in at least three cities within future months, the source added.

Entering the electric bike sector might seem a brand new effort for the ride-hailing firm, but the business logic behind this move can be seen from its recent layouts. As a dominating player in China’s ride-hailing industry, Didi is on the path towards a greater ambition to address every transportation problem, as shown in the term it defining itself: “a world-leading transportation platform.” This positioning put it conveniently in expanding beyond ride-hailing to the sectors that address short distance trips.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.