NIO Inc. plans to enter the U.S. market in 2025 and deploy the first Battery Swap Station in the country as soon as November 2022, two people familiar with the matter told EV.
In addition, NIO is obtaining a new area behind its current headquarters in San Jose (California), where it will install in November the first Battery Swap Station for testing purposes.
The company has currently 4 NIO ES8 models used for road testings in San Jose although NIO NAD (NIO Autonomous Driving) is still not working in the country.
Last month, the EV maker posted the first job vacancies concerning NIO Houses in the U.S. including a Head of Construction / User Infrastructure, and a Project Manager / Architecture and Interiors.
During the last NIO Day, held in December 2021, the company said it plans to be in over 25 countries and regions by 2025. The map displayed during the presentation includes countries such as the United States, Australia, France, and Japan, leaving out countries such as Canada and Brazil.
On Saturday, NIO CEO William Li visited the US headquarters in the heart of Silicon Valley where the company has its R&D center for autonomous driving. Later in the day, a NIO employee shared a picture with the CEO confirming the visit of William Li to the San Jose office.
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On July 19, EV reported that NIO had posted the first job vacancies amid the expansion of its showrooms — known as NIO Houses — to the United States.
By then, the company started hiring a Senior Real Estate manager to be responsible for the “site selection and negotiation of lease terms for new locations” and a Head of Construction to “drive the construction and development strategy of NIO Houses”.
The EV maker has currently 60 job vacancies for the United States, mostly for engineers but also the first concerning NIO Houses posted in mid-July on LinkedIn.
Earlier this year, Colliers reported that NIO leased a new building with 201,500 square-foot until January 2032 to support research and digital development, testing, assembly, warehousing and also operations. In the deal, the EV maker was represented by Toomey, Jere Hench, John McMahon, and Sean McMahon.
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“NIO USA’s new Research and Innovation Center signifies an exciting chapter for the company as it continues to develop state-of-the-art technology for its electric vehicles. In addition, on behalf of the collective team at Colliers, we are honored to have guided NIO USA through its successful search for a new headquarters facility in support of NIO, Inc.’s international market expansion,” said Senior Vice President Sean Toomey.
After entering Europe through Norway in September 2021, the company is very close to arrive in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and The Netherlands. For 2023, as EV reported on July 13, NIO is planning to enter 9 European markets including Austria, Belgium, France, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Portugal, and the Czech Republic.
On Thursday, a video leaked on the internet showed over one hundred units of NIO ET7 units at the Shanghai Port waiting to be batched to Europe, amid the company’s expansion in the upcoming months.
The model was unveiled on NIO Day 2020, held in January 2021, and will arrive in Norway, Germany, Sweden, The Netherlands, and Denmark before the end of the year.
Recently, NIO CFO Steven Feng confirmed that the EV manufacturer will also enter Sweden, The Netherlands, and Denmark with the sedan NIO ET7 — something that had only been confirmed for the German market, the second European country for the EV maker.
On the same day, NIO also announced that the upcoming ET5 Model, that features 1,000 kms range, will be available in Norway (and “several other global markets”) during the Spring of 2023.