Automatic Reversing of EVs into Recharging Stations
Without plugging the charger, the batteries will be swapped for a fresh one at its facility in Norway belonging to Nio, a Chinese EV maker. The tech is widely spread in China, but the novel Power Swap Station is Europe's first. The organization expects that swapping out the whole battery will appeal to consumers worried about the range of EVs or who simply don't like waiting in a queue for recharging.
It is a straightforward method of booking a slot on Nio's app, and once inside the recharging station, all you have to do is park on the designated signs and wait. There is no battery degradation. You always get a healthy battery, thus, keeping your cars longer. The station can tackle up to 240 swaps per day, and the company plans to develop 20 in Norway.
From the Nio's showroom in central Oslo, the company is chasing after a different business prototype, where people buy the car and lease the batteries. The company's GM for Denmark and Norway - Marius Hayler, said this method has many benefits. To begin with, the customers aren't buying the most expensive EV battery - knocking off the purchase price ($9,700).
A customer then factors in the monthly subscription for the battery - ranging from £120 - £215, depending on the battery size. But with that expense comes another benefit - having the newest battery tech all the time. There are over half a million EVs on Norway's roads, and it targets all novel vehicles to be zero-emission by 2025. According to the country's Road Traffic Information Council, 83% of all new cars sold in January-March were fully electric, while 6% had petrol or diesel engines.
Backed by the Chinese tech giant - Tencent, Nio sold more than 90K vehicles in 2021, nearly all of them in China, where more than 800 battery swapping stations are under operation. Sales in Norway are still in the hundreds; however, the newcomer plans to enter Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, and Sweden this year.