I discovered the Chinese company NIO about a year and a half ago. From that time I have been closely following and admiring them. Even though electric cars have yet to become a significant mode of transportation for me. I like NIO so much that it forms the largest part of my stock portfolio. It’s evident that NIO is taking a completely different path compared to its competitor, Tesla, but it’s one that is beginning to pay off. I mention Tesla intentionally because NIO is a car company that specializes exclusively in electric vehicles. You won’t find any combustion engines in its portfolio. Now, it has also introduced something in Europe that others have only written about. As a result, NIO is introducing the first battery swapping stations in Europe, which should address the biggest issue with electric mobility – charging.
NIO companyNIO is a Chinese company that manufactures high-performance luxury electric vehicles with innovative features. The company was founded in 2014 by William Li, a Chinese entrepreneur who decided to invest in the development of the next generation of automobiles.
One of NIO's main goals is to create a more eco-friendly future through electromobility. This commitment to sustainable development is evident in the entire philosophy of the company, which strives to offer modern and innovative automobiles with minimal impact on the environment.
Among NIO's main products are the ES8, ES6, and EC6 electric SUV models, which are equipped with a range of advanced features such as autonomous driving modes, digital display systems, and powerful batteries.
NIO has a growing fan base around the world. In 2020, the company recorded a sales growth of over 100% compared to the previous year, placing it second on the list of best-selling electric vehicle brands in the Chinese market.
NIO also puts significant effort into research and development. Currently, the company is focused on developing autonomous functions and innovative battery technologies. NIO also collaborates with other automobile manufacturers to improve the performance and durability of its products. In the future, NIO is expected to play a significant role in the field of electromobility and sustainable development. The company has already announced plans to expand its business model and invest in an extensive network of charging stations across China and Europe.
NIO introduces the first battery swapping stations in Europe
One of the biggest deterrents for people considering electric vehicles is the time it takes to charge the battery. It’s not a small amount of time, and you have to plan your journey ahead of time. Additionally, many people don’t have the option to charge their car at home or at work and rely on external charging stations or shopping centers where they can charge for free during their shopping time.
NIO is taking a different approach and instead of standard charging at a station. They are introducing what’s called a swapping station. The principle is simple. Instead of charging the battery, you swap it for another fully charged one at the station. The entire process is fully automated. The car is robotically lifted at the station and the original battery is removed. Different fully charged battery is inserted in its place within a short time. So, to put it simply, the entire process of charging your car to 100% takes less than 5 minutes. Therefore, the time it takes is comparable to filling up a tank with gasoline in a traditional combustion engine car.
Not only is NIO introducing the first battery swapping stations, but they also plan to heavily expand these stations in the future. According to the carmaker’s data, there should currently be around 1100 stations, mainly located in China. However, in 2023, they plan to open an additional 100 such stations in Europe alone. As for the disadvantages, they are clearly predetermined as these stations are exclusively for NIO brand vehicles that are prepared for this concept. For now, other car brands cannot use a similar charging principle. However, since NIO is expanding significantly outside of China, especially in European countries, it won’t be long before you can purchase NIO brand vehicles in your country. Although, according to the latest statements from the brand itself, they plan to distribute the vehicles in the form of a certain lease rather than a direct sale
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