The ET7 sedan from the Chinese EV maker NIO was spotted on Sunday in Prague, Czech Republic’s capital. Until now, the company has used the NIO ES8 SUV model to map the countries it plans to enter in 2023 – such as the three ES8 vehicles seen in Portugal in mid-July. The new technology requires
The EV maker has been preparing for the second phase of its European expansion into nine new countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Portugal, and Czech Republic. During the last NIO day — held in December 2021 — the EV maker confirmed its plan to expand its services to 25 markets by 2025.
In mid-July, a NIO ES8 model was spotted for the first time in Portugal, the 8th country for NIO‘s 2023 Expansion. According to what EV has learned, the EV maker started collecting data for its NAD (NIO Autonomous Driving) technology in Portugal about two months ago, starting in the southern part of the country namely in the cities of Lisbon and Leiria.
Earlier this year, the same vehicle was seen in France followed by the first job vacancies in the country posted two months later.
NIO has “built up the full-stack NAD capability with perception algorithms, localization, control strategy, and platform software developed in-house”. NAD will gradually “cover use cases of expressways, urban areas, parking, and battery swap to enable a safer and more relaxing autonomous driving experience from point A to point B,” the company says.
The company is currently in the final tests at its second Battery Swap Station in Norway after opening the first one in late January. The latest images of the upcoming station show that the facility is ready to open in the Scandinavian country, as initially reported by EV three weeks ago.
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.