Apart from that ship, Germany and Norway received another batch of NIO’s bigger sedan although in smaller quantities given its final purposes: test drives, internal road tests and presence at the showrooms.
According to the most recent data, the vehicle carrier named “Carmen” is heading to Suez Canal and has an estimated time of arrival on September 1 at 3.00pm eastern time.
After that, the ship will be sailing towards Zeebrugge Port in Belgium and is expected to arrive by mid-September. The port is often used by the automaker Tesla to bring China made vehicles — at Gigafactory Shanghai — to other markets.
Built in 2011, Carmen is sailing under the flag of Sweden and has a carrying capacity is 31143t DWT and a current draught of 10.8 meters.
As of press time, the vehicles are sailing at the Bay of Bengal and the final destination is Belgium, from where they will be transported to the various European markets.
In addition, NIO has recently shipped some more units of its sedan to Norway — its first European market — and also to Germany in a vehicles carrier named “Morning Laura”.
After the delivery of NIO vehicles in Germany, the Korean ship is now sailing on East China Sea between Shanghai and Taipei (Taiwan) and is expected to arrive in Singapore on August 27.
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Later today, a photo taken in the Norwegian capital Oslo showed six NIO ET7 units being unloaded from a trailer after receiving the vehicles through Dammen port on Sunday.
On NIO App, the company said earlier today it will open reservations and start delivering the model in Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway… “and other countries this year”.
NIO wrote, “In August 2022, NIO’s first smart electric flagship sedan, the ET7, was fully assembled at the domestic port and set off for Europe, which is thousands of miles away”.
“It will be open for booking and delivery to countries including Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and other countries this year. We recorded the moment when ET7 set sail in 65 seconds and shared it with you”.
The EV maker added that it “will also launch its products and complete service system in the European market. While providing a smarter and more comfortable driving experience, it will also bring a pleasant lifestyle to European users”.
In late January, NIO CEO William Li and Marius Hayle — the Manager of NIO Norway — gathered with 20 NIO users for a discussion where it was revealed that the ET7 Model will arrive in Norway during the last quarter of the year.
On the same day, NIO also announced that the ET5 model will be available in Norway (and “several other global markets”) during the Spring of 2023.
Last week, NIO CEO William Li was seen in San Francisco with NIO’s Head of Real Estate in the United States, Scott Lifschultz, visiting multi-story buildings in view of the first NIO House in the United States.
Earlier in the week, Li visited NIO’s U.S. headquarters in the heart of Silicon Valley where the company has its R&D center for autonomous driving. As recently reported by EV, NIO Inc. plans to enter the U.S. market in 2025 and deploy the first Battery Swap Station in the country this November.
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.