The Chinese Nio is one of the few electric car manufacturers that has selected as a more efficient way of replenishing the energy of the electric vehicles bearing its brands, the creation of battery replacement stations instead of the usual recharging. The process takes, at a minimum, less than five minutes (4.6 minutes) while the maximum time is ten minutes for Nio’s older technology replacement stations of which its original plans provided for the installation of 5,000 stations by 2025 of which over 1,000 would be outside China including Europe.
Nio’s rationale for the specific charging method seems to have been shared by the Chinese group Geely, which also has European brands in its portfolio (it owns Volvo, Polestar, Lotus, but also partly smart as well as the old ones continent Lynk and Zeekr) and who signed a cooperation agreement with Nio in order to jointly develop the specific “charging” network and at the same time “unify” the development and manufacturing processes of batteries and models so that the EV products of both can support the specific way of replenishing energy.
Given the strong activity of Geely in Europe, the number of battery replacement stations in Europe, which is currently extremely limited and only concerns extremely few countries, cannot be ruled out to increase faster than originally predicted.
In addition to the clear advantage in terms of the time required to replenish the energy of EVs, this particular technology is judged by experts to be particularly efficient in terms of the energy demand parameter as its adoption could offer the solution to the problem will arise in terms of the electricity demand-supply balance, since electric mobility is the dominant means of motoring.