According to several media reports, NIO’s first battery station will begin operating on 19 Jan 2022. Norway is the first European market where NIO cars were introduced, signified as gate to enter the European market.
The station was installed and was being tested by NIO in Nov 2021
“NIO is ready! First Battery Swap Station in Europe. Just a few weeks. Game Changer for charging infrastructure. Norway first! Germany soon. Fully recharged within minutes. Here we are!”said by the Director Communications and PA of NIO-Florian Otto.
But why Norway?
Norway has the highest penetration of electric vehicles in the world, with a cumulative total of 176,276 vehicles sold in 2021, 25% more than last year; 65% of overall sales are new energy vehicles.
According to an unofficial report, 92% of the Norwegian NIO customers chose for the Battery as a Service (BaaS) sales model which means they pay a monthly subscription to use the battery and access to the battery swap network instead of buying a car with battery.
“Entering Germany is next that we’re striving for. Interest is very high with many requests from potential users there. Our target is to have ET7 in Germany by the end of 2022.”William Li, founder and CEO of NIO
The next stop will be in Germany to be confirmed in 2022. From 2022 to 2025, NIO committed to install 600 new battery swap stations in China. By the end of 2025, NIO will have more than 4,000 NIO battery swap stations worldwide with around 1,000 outside of China.
According to NIO’s official data, NIO has completed 778 exchange stations and a total of 4,582 new superchargers and destination charging piles worldwide in 2021.
We can expect that as many as 1,000 stations will be built in Europwhich shows how important European market is to NIO.