According to information published by the Shanghai Enterprises and Institutions Environmental Information Disclosure Platform on Tuesday, NIO plans to build a new R&D project in Shanghai, including 31 labs for the R&D and trial production of lithium-ion battery cells and battery packs. The investment totals 218.5 million yuan ($32.75 million). The project is expected to be constructed from August to October this year.
According to an EIA report submitted by NIO, it will lease an industrial plant in Anting Town, Jiading District, Shanghai, with a total leased construction area of over 22,000 square meters.
NIO said that the lab aims to explore charging and discharging performance, temperature performance and safety performance of lithium-ion battery cells and battery packs under different physical experimental conditions such as temperature, tension and humidity. It also intends to explore the physical and chemical properties, ratio, modification, liquid injection optimization conditions and battery packaging optimization conditions of battery materials. It is estimated that the lab will be engaged in R&D for about 250 days, with a total of around 400 employees.
The construction of the trial line of the project is a prerequisite preparation for possible large-scale production in the subsequent development process, and the trial samples are used for subsequent in-depth development. However, the number of lithium-ion cells and battery packs to be piloted has not been disclosed in the EIA report.
NIO is now the leading high-end intelligent electric vehicle brand in China, and it has accumulated more than 200,000 mass production units. The global sales services system covers users in over 300 cities around the world. It has established a dense energy supplement network all over China. As of May 20, NIO had laid out 927 power stations, 804 overcharging stations and 4,424 supercharging piles nationwide. NIO also set a goal that by the end of 2025, it will have more than 4,000 battery swap stations across the world.