VIDEO | TechNode visits a Nio battery swap station

By Jill Shen

This week, I looked at battery swap technology for TechNode’s Drive I/O newsletter. Two Chinese electric vehicle (EV) companies, Nio and BAIC, are betting big on cars with batteries you can change instead of charging. It’s an ambitious idea—it could so…

Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi launches service in Russia

By Jill Shen

China’s biggest ride-hailing platform Didi Chuxing said on Tuesday that it has launched ride-hailing services in the Tatarstan Republic, part of the Russian Federation, as it resumes its global expansion following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Blockheads: Dino-banks, DeFi, crypto capital flight

By Eliza Gkritsi

China’s dino-banks are starting to look more favorably upon blockchain. Huobi is charging towards blockchain-powered finance, and wants to help people save cryptocurrencies. A Chinese startup has sold its public blockchain solution to a provincial go…