The EV maker NIO has finished the construction of its second Battery Swap Station in Norway and the opening is scheduled for this Summer, which means, before the third week of September. The exact location of the new NIO House is still unknown.
In late January, the company opened its first European Battery Swap Station near Oslo, where it is located its first NIO House outside China. NIO CEO William Li and NIO Norway Manager gathered there with 20 NIO users back in January where they confirmed the arrival of the ET7 sedan to the country in the last quarter of the year. The smaller sedan NIO ET5 will be built at NIO’s second factory in Hefei and will arrive in Norway — and several other European markets — during the Spring of 2023.
The manufacturer will open three new NIO Houses in the Nordic country during the next months, as said by the Communication Specialist in Norway Asbjørn Mitusch in late May. The second space will open during this quarter in Bergen while the other two showrooms are located in Stavanger and in Trondheim and are scheduled to open in the last quarter of the year.
NIO House in Bergen has a total of 312 square meters and will be located at Strandgaten 15. In Stavanger, NIO will establish itself in Haakon VII’s gate 7, and the venue will be a total of 248 square meters. In Trondheim, NIO will enter Søndre gate 4-10 with a 366 square meters space. In addition, the company is planning to open the fifth in Kristiansand.
On April 27, NIO reached a total of 500 vehicles delivered in Norway since its debut on September 30, 2021. Until now, only the ES8 Model is available but the sedan announced during NIO Day in December 2020 is arriving to the country in the last quarter of 2022. The Scandinavian country has been the entrance point to the European market for many automakers due to its strong EV adoption.
“We are in negotiations about property players in Kristiansand, and at best we may be able to open this location in 2022, but it is somewhat uncertain,” Mitusch added. NIO has currently near 70 employees in total in Norway being expectable to reach 100 increased by the end of 2022.
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Last week, the company announced that, due to the current flight problems affecting millions of travelers, is now offering free charging in the European Union countries that operate for its Norwegian users. In the last two months, airlines canceled tens of thousands of flights with Europe having more than double the cancellations of the U.S. between April and June, according to RadarBox.com data.
“Many of our owners have spent their holiday money booking holidays abroad. Now they are in danger of losing their holiday due to flight problems. In NIO, we couldn’t stand by and watch. We have therefore made all charging in the EU the countries we operate in for free for our Norwegian users. You can find more info in the NIO app,” the EV maker stated.
Last week, NIO launched the 1,000th Battery Swap Station, the company hosted the 2022 NIO Power Day where unveiled what the company is working on for the upcoming months namely the new 500kW ultra-fast charger and the third generation of NIO’s Battery Swap Stations.
“More products and technological innovations will be launched soon: 500kW super fast charge, Third-generation of Battery Swap Stations, and also an 800v high-voltage platform battery pack and supporting power exchange system, open to the whole industry”, NIO said.
NIO will enter 4 new European Markets in 2022: Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and The Netherlands. During the last NIO Day, the company revealed that will be present in 25 Countries by 2025.