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NIO accelerates the expansion to the US, starts hiring key positions for the first NIO Houses

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The electric vehicle maker NIO posted Saturday on LinkedIn the first job vacancies amid the expansion of its showrooms — known as NIO Houses — to the United States.

The company is now hiring a Senior Real Estate manager 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 country is part of NIO’s list of markets where it will be present by 2025, although, it isn’t known if it will happen next year, in 2024 or only in 2025.

According to the job description, the Senior Real Estate Manager will “support the real estate strategy and execution of NIO Houses” and “drive and own the end-to-end, on-time and within-budget delivery of NIO’s core user infrastructure in the Americas”.

The Head of Construction will “drive the construction and development strategy of NIO Houses” and also “drive and own the end-to-end, on-time and within-budget delivery of NIO’s core user infrastructure in the Americas,” NIO explained.

In addition, the candidate will develop a “detailed infrastructure readiness plan for each infrastructure category” and secure executive approval for the plan driving the execution of it.

The EV maker has been adding NIO Houses in China and overseas always enhancing they are much more than a showroom for its products. According to the company, these facilities include a Living Room (to relax and meet like-minded people), a Lab (to boost productivity in bookable meeting rooms and shared workspace), a Library, Forums (to spark ideas and inspiration), a NIO Café, and a Joy Camp dedicated to kids.

NIO has currently slightly over 100 job vacancies open for its North American headquarters where the company has its R&D center for autonomous driving.

Earlier this year, Colliers reported that NIO leased a new building with 201,500 square-foot for 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.

“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. 

The upcoming headquarters for NIO is near several industry-leading technology companies such as Google, Samsung, PayPal, Cisco and Microsoft.


In Europe, NIO is currently building four new NIO Houses in Germany, the second European market for the manufacturer namely in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, and Frankfurt. In addition, the first Battery Swap Station in the country will inaugurate by the end of July at A8 (Bundesautobahn 8), a significant East-West transit route.

On Friday, the location of the first NIO House in Germany — and the second in Europe — became known. The new space is being remodeled and is located in Berlim opposite the Zoo Palast, one of the most touristy areas of the German capital. Last week, NIO Europe VP Hui Zhang confirmed Germany as the second European Market for NIO followed by Sweden, The Netherlands, and Denmark in the following months.

In late May, NIO‘s Communication Specialist in Norway Asbjørn Mitusch told local media NIO will open three new NIO Houses in the Nordic country. In the third quarter, the EV maker will open the second space in Bergen after arriving in Oslo in 2021. The other two showrooms are located in Stavanger and in Trondheim and will open in the fourth quarter of 2022, as confirmed by Mitusch.

Meanwhile, the company is already preparing for the second phase of its European expansion into eight new countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and Portugal. During the last NIO day — held in December 2021 — the EV maker confirmed its plan to expand its services to 25 markets by 2025.

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