With three new battery-swap stations, Chines EV maker NIO now reaches 1,200 stations, according to data announced by the company. The new addition brings the company one step closer to its goal of reaching 1,300 battery swap stations by the end of 2022. NIO’s goal also included having more than 6,000 supercharging piles and over 10,000 destination charging piles in China by year-end.
In addition, the company also aims to have a total of 4,000 stations in the world, which includes 1,000 overseas.
The goal signals the company’s ambition to expand its global market. By the end of 2022, NIO is expecting 20 battery swap stations in Europe, and 120 by end of 2023. NIO has opened NIO houses in Oslo, Norway and Berlin, Germany. Eight more NIO houses in Europe are on the way.
The 150kWh battery pack will be introduced to Germany next year, and NIO Pilot Assisted Driving and NAD autonomous driving will be gradually launched in Europe. NIO’s in-vehicle AI assistant NOMI currently supports English, German and Norwegian, and will subsequently supporting Dutch, Danish and other languages.
NIO has also announced a pilot "cross-tier battery exchange" service, where users of standard range battery packs can choose to replace them with long-range packs at a daily rate, to be paid after use. Long range battery pack users can also switch to standard range battery packs and be compensated with daily credits.
The pilot program is being tested in Guangdong, Shandong, Chongqing, Hangzhou and Huzhou, and is expected to expand nation wide by the end of December.