Next-Gen Battery Swap Station Enters Service in Beijing

NIO, the Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer, has unveiled the first of its second-generation battery swap stations – the NIO Power Swap Station 2.0 – in Beijing. The new station is the first such facility to be deployed under a partnership between NIO and Sinopec, the Chinese energy giant, and is located at at Sinopec’s Chaoying Station.

NIO says the Power Swap Station 2.0 is the world’s first mass-produced battery swap station that allows the vehicle to manoeuvre into the station automatically. Each NIO Power Swap Station 2.0 uses sensors and cloud computing systems to allow users to complete a self-service battery swap with only one click while staying in the car. The company says the system is capable of completing up to 312 battery swaps per day.

In addition to a battery charging and swapping network development, Sinopec and NIO will cooperate in fields such as new materials, smart EV technology, and Battery as a Service (BaaS). The partnership is, NIO says, an important milestone for the development of China’s smart EV industry.

NIO itself it on something or a roll. Founded in 2014, the company recently built its 100,000th production vehicle – an ES8 SUV – and in March recorded the

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (May 2021) 

21 May 2021

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