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China EV maker NIO aims to catch up with Tesla’s 8000 supercharging piles in operation

by SEP Editor
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Tesla announced 22 supercharging stations and 128 supercharging piles in operation covering China starting Dec 2021.

Up to now, Tesla has over 1000 supercharging stations and over 8000 supercharging piles with over 700 destination charging stations and over 1800 destination charging piles, which have covered more than 60 cities in China.

Image: Superchargers in China(red dots)  destination charging in China(gray dots)

NIO aims to catch up

With NIO’s European expansion plan started from Norway, in order to optimize a complete service body system, they planned to build over 1300 battery swap stations in China, 6000 supercharging piles and 10000 destination charging piles.

As of the end of 2021, NIO had already operated 777 battery swap stations, 205 highway battery swap stations, 605 supercharging stations, 3404 supercharging piles, 626 destination charging stations, 3461 destination charging piles and inserted over 450,000 third-party charging piles.

Comparison between Tesla and NIO


Tesla prioritizes supercharging over battery swap stations

“We created our own connector, as there was no standard back then & Tesla was only maker of long range electric cars. It’s one fairly slim connector for both low & high power charging. That said, we’re making our Supercharger network open to other EVs later this year.”

said by Elon musk in July 2021

Destination Charging station

Installed in public places, both NIO and Tesla build destination charging stations. But NIO’s destination charging piles are one time more than Tesla’s which shows the owner of NIO is covered in more cities than Tesla’s.

Battery Swap Stations

Battery swap services saves charging time. Something NIO is doing, which Tesla has given up years ago.

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