Hui Zhang, controlling director of Nio in Europe, advised journalists at an occasion held in Norway last 7 days the business wasin talks with automakers without the need of naming them.
When requested to clarify regardless of whether sharing meant licensing or a further form of organization arrangement, the firm declined to offered addition facts.
Nio has so far crafted 868 swap stations in China and statements its buyers have swapped batteries 7.6 million occasions.
The enterprise has touted battery swapping as a exclusive offering position for the brand’s high quality SUVs and forthcoming sedan range and offering the battery swap platform would be the equal of Tesla’s latest conclusion to allow other brands to use its Supercharger community.
Battery swapping is significantly speedier than charging but the price to install the network is a great deal increased. A research printed last 12 months by The Swedish Transportation Administration wanting at battery swapping quoted Nio-sourced figures declaring every swap station costs $772,000 (699,000 euros) to create in China, like batteries and web site leasing, in comparison to $309,112 for a lender of cost points.
Nio claimed it is searching to decrease build fees for the swap stations, which presently have the capacity to store 13 batteries.
Licensing its platform to an additional automaker could increase the utilization amount of the swap stations, creating them extra value effective.
A single attainable purchaser is Geely-owned Lotus Know-how, the Chinese “life-style” division of the British athletics car maker, in which Nio has an financial commitment by using its enterprise funds arm.
Geely has its have designs to established up 5,000 battery swapping stations for electric powered autos globally by 2025. It has not said whether or not it would build its individual system.
The Chinese governing administration has been supporting the rollout of swap stations in the region. In a indicator of this, Beijing has specified Nio exemptions from a policy that dropped EV acquire incentives for quality-priced motor vehicles.
China’s Ministry of Market and Data Technology (MIIT) previous yr published the international auto industry’s initial benchmarks for battery swapping technologies aimed at encouraging broader adoption of the follow.
Approximately all consumers of the ES8 SUV that Nio released in Norway have opted to lease the battery separately, which provides entry to swapping stations, Nio stated.
Two free of charge swaps are included a thirty day period in the battery lease rate. Shoppers can opt to switch involving shelling out much more for the 100-kilowatt-hour battery or the less costly 75 kWh battery, which arrives later this 12 months.
Nio will grow into Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany afterwards this calendar year.
Nio’s start product in Germany will be the ET7 sedan, an electrical rival to the BMW 7 Sequence, which also comes with battery swapping technological know-how.