Sina Tech, 8/24/17
Xiaoju Kuaizhi Inc ("Didi Chuxing"), operator of Chinese mobile taxi booking and car hire apps Didi Chuxing and Kuaidi Dache, recently launched a new short-term car rental service called "Fenfenzu." The service is being pilot tested in business districts, tourist areas, hotels, and university campuses in Shanghai, Wuhan, and Chengdu, and will gradually be expanded to other cities.
This is the third project launched by Didi Chuxing's rental brand Didi Zuche, which previously added full-day rentals and overseas rental services. The new service is mainly aimed at meeting short-distance rental requirements of white-collar users for local travel.
The Fenfenzu service does not require a reservation ahead of time. Users can place an order at any time and visit a service location to pick-up and drop-off their vehicle.
Fenfenzu will initially use compact, gas-fueled vehicles such as the Volkswagen Polo and Skoda Fabia, and may also offer additional economy or comfort models such as the Volkswagen Jetta, Sunny, and Passat, depending on demand.
Rental costs will be computed on a per-minute basis, starting at RMB 0.2 per minute for basic vehicles, plus an additional charge of RMB 1.7 per kilometer of travel. There is no separate fee for gas, but users will be charged RMB 3 per hour for insurance coverage. Time-based rental fees will be capped at 6 hours and rentals lasting beyond 6 hours will only be charged for distance traveled and insurance fees. At night time, the per-minute usage fee will switch to RMB 0.04 per hour.