According to what NIO‘s Communication Specialist in Norway Asbjørn Mitusch told local media, the EV maker will open three new NIO Houses in the Nordic country. In the third quarter, NIO will open the second space in Bergen after arriving 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.
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.
“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.
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.
Earlier this year, the company opened its first European Battery Swap Station near Oslo, where it opened its first NIO House. NIO‘s CEO William Li and NIO’s Manager of Norway gathered there with 20 NIO users back in January where they confirmed the arrival of the ET7 sedan to the country in Q4 2022. When it comes to NIO ET5, the model with 1,000km range will be available in Norway (and several other global markets) during the Spring of 2023.
During Q1 2022, the company sold a total of 245 vehicles in the Nordic country, up 45% when compared to the previous quarter.
From March 2021 to the end of the year, the average percentage of Electric Vehicles sold in the Norwegian Market was 67.3% (total of 65% in 2021) which means more than 2 out of 3 vehicles sold in Norway was an EV. Compared to the same period in 2020, it increased 27.22% and represented 52.9% of the entire market that year.