NIO’s European Expansion Under Way

BEV battery swap-out carmaker NIO has revealed its ambitious European expansion plans following its first foray into the Norwegian market last year.

During a launch ceremony in Berlin, the automaker unveiled details of its products and services for Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden. Three new models derived from its NIO NT2 platform, the ET7, EL7 and ET5, will spearhead the market assault employing subscription models to encourage EV adoption.

NIO announced that the ET7, its high-performance flagship sedan, is available to order now in the targeted countries with deliveries due to start this month. it also confirmed that pre-orders for its EL7, a mid-sector SUV, and the ET5, its mid-sized smart sedan, are open now, with deliveries set to start in January and March 2023, respectively.

The models for Europe are derived from NIO’s latest NT2 platform boasting performance of up to 0-62mph in four seconds and then a zero stopping distance of 111ft. The platform also offers a wide variety of chassis tuning to suit different models and, of course, NIO’s CSU (Chargeable, Swappable, Upgradeable) architecture enables both charging and swapping of batteries with the ongoing opportunity to benefit from the latest battery technology or flexibility to upgrade the battery capacity.

All three models are equipped with LiDAR, ADAM and NIO’s supercomputer platform with a computing power of up to 1,016T, claiming to ultimately be able to offer advanced safety assistance and automatic driving in scenarios such as high-speed carriageways, urban areas, parking, and charging environments. They also have the automaker’s PanoCinema panoramic digital cockpit as standard powered by the world’s first on-board artificial intelligence assistant, NOMI. Combined with the Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 Sound System, 256 ambient light colors, a 12.8” AMOLED central control screen and high-performance AR and VR functionality, the interior is a truly immersive space.

At present, NIO has access to 380,000 charging points in Europe accessible with NIO NFC cards and a European version of NIO’s charging map has also been introduced. In 2022, NIO plans to build 20 Power Swap Stations (PSS) in Europe. In 2023, this number is expected to reach 120. The PSS located in Zusmarshausen, between Munich and Stuttgart is in operation, and the PSS in Berlin is nearing completion. By 2025, NIO aims to build 1,000 PSS outside of China, most of which will be in Europe.
NIO founder, chairman and CEO William Li, said: “Serving users in Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden is an important step in realizing NIO’s 2025 plan and offering our unique user experience in more countries around the world,” “Our compelling products, game-changing charging and battery swapping services, alongside truly innovative and flexible subscription models, will change the landscape of EVs. Our commitment to the region marks the start of NIO’s next chapter in our global development.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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