Der Spiegel says NIO’s Battery swap “took just under 4 minutes” and compares it to Tesla

Written by Cláudio Afonso |

German newspaper Der Spiegel was among the invited media to visit NIO Headquarters in Oslo, the first european country the Chinese electric vehicle maker entered. The German media tested NIO’s Battery Swapping facilities with ES8 Model (the only one available in Europe so far) changing its battery for one fully charged in less than four minutes. The weekly news magazine compared it to Tesla’s Superchargers that are next to NIO’s Station.

“The process took just under four minutes. Next door at Tesla’s Superchargers, drivers have to stand longer to reach 90 percent of their battery capacity. The NIO now displays this percentage on the screen, which should be enough for 450 kilometers of driving” — Der Spiegel. Read the full Der Spiegel article here (paid content).

Last week, NIO invited 40 journalists and influencers from the upcoming european markets to visit NIO House in Oslo (Norway) and test its services. Head of Communication of NIO, Florian Otto shared on Thursday a photo from the event and said: “Last but not least: NIO Media Days for international journalists ending tonight with Danish and Swedish media in our Oslo NIO House. NIO Vice President Hui Zhang invited more than 40 Top journalists and influencers to give them a unique experience about NIO. Starting this year in 4 EU markets – it will be an exciting journey. Especially with NIO Swap stations. Stay tuned!”.

Earlier today, our site unveiled that Blackrock, the world’s largest investment manager, increased its position on NIO during the last quarter of 2021 via iShares ETFs. The company responsible for iShares ETFs is BlackRock, which acquired the brand and business from Barclays in 2009.

Shen Fei, Vice President of Power Management of NIO, was recently at the China EV100 Forum 2022 where he shared his thoughts on the power grid system, battery swap stations and its advantages and disadvantages. This was the 7th time that NIO participated in the China EV100 Forum, an annual event attracts great interest from companies and organizations that are currently active in China.

Lihong Qin, NIO’s Co-Founder, Director and President confirmed on Tuesday that NIO ES7 Model will be released at the end of May, 2 months from now. Qin was asked this Tuesday about the possibility to see the new model NIO ES7 as soon as next month and responded: “Released at the end of May”. The launch of NIO’s new five-seater SUV is now expected to happen within 8 weeks, 5 weeks later than the initial date, mid-April. The model was supposed to made its public debut at 2022 the Beijing Auto Show but Covid-19 cases surge in China may delay the event.

Written by Cláudio Afonso |