Shanghai (Gasgoo)- NIO and the government of
Hefei in the eastern Anhui province, the startup's major new backer,
attempt to jointly build a total of 40 battery swapping stations in 2020
and 2021, according to a local media report.
The 20 battery
swapping stations are expected to be set up this year first at
state-owned public parking lots, said the local media outlet. Hefei
Electric Vehicle Charging Facility Investment Operation Co.,Ltd. (Hefei
Charge) is accountable for the construction work.
government is supportive of battery swapping model. In May, the “battery
swapping station” was officially written into the Report on the Work of
the Government as an important part of new infrastructure construction.
(Photo source: NIO)
will step up efforts to advance the construction of battery swap
infrastructure in the latest move to promote quality growth of the
new-energy vehicle (NEV) sector, Xin Guobin, vice minister of MIIT, told
a press conference on July 23. The battery swap mode will be piloted in
regions including Beijing and Hainan, Xin added.
NIO is among the
Chinese automakers standing at the forefront in developing battery
swapping model. On August 20, the startup launched the Battery as a
Service (the “BaaS”) subscription model, which allows users to purchase
electric vehicles and subscribe the usage of battery packs separately.
the same time, NIO announced the establishment of Wuhan Weineng Battery
Asset Co.,Ltd., which will take charge of the newly-launched BaaS
business. Aside from NIO, Wuhan Weineng also has another three
shareholders, including the Chinese power battery giant CATL, which
holds 25% of equity stake.
“NIO has deployed 143 battery swap
stations across 64 cities in China, and completed over 800,000 battery
swaps for our users. The advantages of our chargeable, swappable and
upgradable battery swap technologies will continue to enhance
competitiveness of NIO products, promote conversion to our premium smart
EVs and create more values for our users,” William Bin Li, founder,
chairman, and chief executive officer of NIO, said then.