NIO reaches 900 Battery Swap Stations, reiterates 1,300+ goal by the year end

Written by Cláudio Afonso |

The electric vehicle maker NIO announced on April 18 that has reached a total of 900 Battery Swap Stations in China. According to the company, NIO users have changed batteries more than 8,000,000 times saving users more than 8 million hours when compared the common 60kW DC piles on the market.

“Thank you for your continued trust and support from users and friends. In the future, we will continue to layout and achieve the goal of building a total of 1,300+ replacement power stations in 2022, making power-up more convenient than refueling.” — NIO said. The company also enhanced that users only need “the time of a song” to get a new battery fully charged and that 9 users changed batteries more than 1,000 times.

The efficiency of the distribution station has steadily improved

Covering 31 provincial administrative districts and 194 prefecture-level cities, the coverage rate of electricity district housing* reached 59.40%, making it more convenient and worry-free to change electricity and replenish energy. NIO defines “electricity zone house” as a residence within a kilometer of the swap station.

On January 21, NIO announced the 800th milestone. At the time, the company also announced a partnership with the Swedish furniture retailer Ikea saying that they will build more stations on IKEA stores around China.

On January 19, the company officially opened its first European Battery Swap Station, located in Norway – the entrance country for the Chinese EV maker. Last September, with the opening of the NIO House Oslo, NIO started selling its products in Europe and plans to enter another four markets this year: Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden.

According to a job post published on LinkedIn, the electric vehicle maker NIO started last week looking for a Plant Manager in Europe. The company aims to produce Battery Swap Stations and Charging Piles in Europe to avoid exporting costs from China. The position is located in Budapest (Hungary) suggesting that the company could acquire/ buy a factory there during the next years and establish its European production centre in the country.

Written by Cláudio Afonso |