NIO and Changan Automobile boost battery swapping in China

NIO has researched, developed & constructed Power Swap Stations ready to open to the entire industry, says William LI, Founder, Chairman & CEO of NIO

Leading smart electric vehicle company NIO is the world’s largest operator of battery swapping networks for smart electric vehicles. So far, it has over 2,100 Power Swap Stations up and running worldwide, and has provided over 32 million battery swaps for users.

NIO has partnered with the state-owned Changan Automobile, one of the top automobile groups in China. The company has an industrial history stretching back 161 years, as well as 39 years of experience in vehicle production, 12 manufacturing bases and 22 factories worldwide. 

The two companies will jointly facilitate the formulation of standards for swappable batteries, build and share the battery swapping network, develop swappable vehicles, and establish an efficient battery asset management mechanism in Chongqing.

"As NIO started battery swap from the very beginning, it has been ready to open up its technologies and infrastructure to the entire industry. Similar to the cloud service provided by Internet companies, NIO's Power Swap network and Power Cloud also followed the path along which we started with developing infrastructure and achieving a closed loop internally, and then open to others after validating the service across various scenarios," shares William Li, Founder, Chairman and CEO of NIO. 

Li founded NIO in Shanghai in 2014, having started his professional journey by gaining his bachelor's degree from Peking University in sociology.

"Over the past five years of development, NIO has accumulated rich experience in research and development, construction and operations of Power Swap Stations, and is ready to open to the entire industry. As a leading automotive company in China, Changan Automobile has demonstrated great determination and strong execution in electrification and transformation. With this partnership, NIO and Changan Automobile will jointly contribute to the development and transformation of the industry."

Battery swapping infrastructure and technology

Charging is always a hot topic when it comes to electric vehicles, and the technology behind it is always being developed. At home charging, public charging stations, fast chargers, battery storage, battery range — you name it, we’re talking about it. 

Battery swapping is a quick, efficient, and sustainable recharging solution to smart electric vehicles, and the partnership between Changan Automobile and NIO is in line with documents and guidelines from Chinese authorities to encourage wider adoption of the battery swapping model.

"As China is doubling down on new energy and smart connected vehicles, the implementation of NIO's battery swapping model marks a significant milestone for the industry," says Huarong Zhu, Chairman of Changan Automobile, a position he has held since 2010.

"The partnership between Changan Automobile and NIO on battery swap is of great importance, contributing to the high-quality development of China's new energy vehicle industry. This partnership with NIO won’t be limited to battery swap. We will continuously strengthen our cooperation in other platforms and fundamental areas, including energy, charging and swapping, vehicle development, and ecosystem, so as to jointly promote the high-quality development of the industry and build a sound, shared and mutually beneficial ecosystem."

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