Alibaba Partners With China’s Geely to Give Autos a Digital Makeover

Automotive Author: Kaiwen Li Editor: Ziying Wu Jan 16, 2023 02:05 PM (GMT+8)

Recently, Alibaba Group partnered with Chinese automaker Geely to accelerate the digitalization of the world’s largest car market. Leveraging Alibaba’s digital capabilities and Geely’s expertise in smart vehicles, they will work on building digital solutions for the auto industry.


On Jan. 12, Chinese automaker Geely Holding Group (Chinese: 吉利控股集团) has teamed up with e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding (Chinese: 阿里巴巴集团) on digital solutions for the smart automobile industry. The cooperation will span car production and sales to digital plants, autonomous driving, intelligent cockpit, industrial internet, mobility services, digital marketing, and sustainable development.

As cars become computers on wheels, cloud computing and artificial intelligence are essential for vehicles of the future. Under the strategic partnership, Alibaba’s cloud computing arm will help Geely boost computing efficiency, and work with Geely’s research institute to explore building an intelligence computing platform. It will also work with Geely to build data-driven manufacturing capabilities, powered by cloud-native technology.

Geely, one of China’s largest carmakers, has been making the leap from a traditional automaker to a mobility tech company. It has launched a series of electric vehicles with intelligent capabilities and doubled down on smart technologies to improve cars’ autonomous driving experience.

Tmall, an e-commerce marketplace of Alibaba, will begin selling cars. Moreover, Alibaba’s digital map and navigation service provider Amap, Alibaba Cloud, and internet-connected vehicle operating system provider Banma Network Technology will offer Geely smart cockpit, smart mobility, and vehicle ecology services.

Li Shufu, Geely’s founder and chairman, appeared on Alibaba’s livestreaming channel Taobao Live  to talk about its new premium SUV model Xingyue L Hi-P. More than 1 million viewers tuned in to watch. Consumers can book a test drive and place their order on Geely’s flagship store on Tmall and its livestreaming channel.