the “recharging” of the batteries in five minutes crosses the Atlantic

Nio should market cars in the United States from 2025. But before that, the Chinese firm will set up its first battery exchange station at the end of the year.

Chinese manufacturers are starting to develop very strongly. If a few years ago, Nio, Xpeng or BYD were totally unknown to us, now these brands are now talking about them outside their native country. This is particularly the case in Europe, where these three are preparing to land in the coming months. Nio, for example, has already started installing battery exchange stations in Norway, already selling its electric cars there.

Arrival in the United States

Last December, and as recalled InsideEVsthe Chinese firm announced its ambition to be marketed in no less than 25 countries by 2025. Among the first served, Sweden, Denmark or even Germany and the Netherlands, planned for 2022.

They will then be followed in 2023 by nine other countries, including France, Belgium, Italy, Hungary and Spain.. But the manufacturer obviously does not intend to stop there. According to the website eletric-vehicles.comNio also plans to sell cars in the United States by 2025.

If the manufacturer already has offices in San José, California, it does not yet market vehicles in this market. But this will not be the first step in its development across the Atlantic. Indeed, and as for Europe, Nio will first set up a first battery exchange station. This will be installed just behind the American headquarters of the brand from November.

Concessions to come

A few weeks ago, the boss of Nio, William Li visited the premises of San José as well as several buildings, in order to open the first dealership. Nio House in the USA. Several job offers have notably been published by the brand, which has also hired a senior property managerin charge of the site selection and negotiation of rental conditions for new locations“. Nio also signed a ten-year rental contract for a new building linked to research and development.

Innovative technology

Already present in China and since the beginning of the year in Norway, battery exchange stations represent an innovative and highly efficient charging solution. Indeed, instead of leaving your car plugged in for long minutes or hours, just go to a Power Swap Station, drop off your empty battery and pick up a full one.

Nio Power Swap Station
Nio Power Swap Station

Everything is then fully automated and customers therefore have nothing else to do than park their vehicle, for an operation that takes less than five minutes. A total of 14 battery slots are available, including empty allowing you to deposit your empty battery. At the beginning of July 2022, Nio had already recorded no less than 10 million “swaps”, or one every 2.8 seconds on average.

If American customers should not drive Nio before 2025, the Chinese firm still has a fleet of four ES8s across the Atlantic, an electric SUV with 543 horsepower and a range of 500 km according to the WLTP cycle, which had succeeded the feat of covering 1,000 kilometers in just 9 hours a few weeks ago.

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