NIO and EnBW are expanding the charging options for e-cars in Germany as part of a large-scale partnership. NIO users will be able to have their batteries exchanged at up to 20 fast-charging parks in the EnBW HyperNetz.
With this technology and energy solution, the empty battery of NIO vehicles is fully automatically replaced by a charged one in around five minutes. The partners plan to equip further EnBW-owned fast charging locations with NIO Power Swap Stations in the future.
“The expansion of the charging offer is an important factor for the switch to electric mobility. Unique and exclusive to NIO users is the concept of Power Swap Stations. In addition to the options of charging at the home wallbox and fast charging, this gives them maximum flexibility,” said Ralph Kranz, General Manager NIO Deutschland GmbH.
“With NIO and EnBW, two major drivers of the mobility transition are working together. NIO’s battery swap solution is an exciting approach for drivers that can optimally complement our fast-charging solutions, especially over long distances,” said Timo Sillober, Chief Sales & Operations Officer at EnBW.
Both the NIO subscription models and the purchase option for the NIO ET7, NIO EL7 and NIO ET5 vehicles offered in Germany are designed to promote the use of electric vehicles and offer users maximum flexibility.
A Power Swap Station is the size of a double garage and is later designed for a maximum of 312 “swaps” per day. Up to 13 batteries are charged with 40kW to 80kW in a grid- and battery-friendly way without causing typical peaks in the power grid.