Norway’s second battery charging and swapping station operated by Chinese EV firm NIO was officially launched on August 15 in Vestby. This is not only the firm’s second station of its kind in Norway, but also an important link connecting the country with Europe’s future battery charging and swapping network.
NIO officially entered the Norwegian market in 2021 with the launch of its ES8 model, and it will establish a direct sales and service network in Norway. NIO previously stated that it will build 20 second-generation battery swapping stations in Norway by the end of 2022, covering the top five major cities and major expressways in Norway. Norway’s first second-generation battery charging and swapping station was put into operation at the end of October 2021.
At NIO Day in December 2021, the firm said that it plans to conduct business in more than 25 countries and regions by 2025, including the US, Australia, France, and Japan. Electric-Vehicles.com reported on August 14 that NIO plans to enter the US market before the end of 2025. The company has established its US headquarters in San Jose, California, where it will install its first battery swapping station for testing in November.
In addition, NIO announced on July 29 that the total number of its charging piles in China has exceeded 10,000, reaching 10,071, covering 269 cities. NIO has built a total of 1,039 battery swapping stations for the Chinese market, including 264 on expressways.
At the same time, facilities such as battery swapping station are increasing rapidly in China. According to data from the China Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Promotion Alliance, as of June 2022, the number of battery swapping stations in the country had reached 1,582. When taking regional distribution into account, Beijing, Guangdong, Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Shanghai are on the top of the list, with 272, 213, 154, 144 and 103 respectively.