Chinese car-hailing platform, Shouqi Limousine and Chauffeur, has announced an ambitious expansion plan into overseas destinations, as well as a shuttle limousine service between Hong Kong and Shenzhen.
The cost of a limousine between the southern cities starts at 758 yuan (US$113), which covers the basic 30km, 90-minute ride, according to a test on Shouqi’s mobile app by the South China Morning Post.
With Hong Kong legislators far from friendly towards mobile car-hailing platforms, however, users are only able to place one-way or shuttle services on the Shouqi app in Shenzhen, with orders banned in Hong Kong, said Hu Xulei, its chief marketing officer.
About 200 dual-number-plated vehicles are set to be put into services after the debut of the Hong Kong-Shenzhen route, according to Hu, with another service between Macau and Zhuhai expected to be launched soon.
The ride-hailing platform, backed by state-owned automobile enterprises Shouqi Group, is believed to be the second-largest player in China after Didi Chuxing, with the number of daily orders and monthly active users topping 500,000 and 3 million, respectively.
According to Shouqi, the company is now looking to launch its operations overseas as well, with an initial hit list of 217 cities in 30 countries being drawn up, expanding ultimately to 1,500 cities in 130 countries.