Chinese brand, NIO launched its first 3rd Gen power station in Europe

NIO Power Station

NIO, the Chinese electric car manufacturer, has launched its first 3rd Gen power station in Europe. According to the official announcement from NIO, the 3rd Gen power station is the first in Europe. The company also announced a 500kW ultra-fast charging station in Freehamnen, Stockholm, Sweden. NIO said that this station is also the 6th power swapping station in Sweden and the 25th swapping station in Europe. It will continue to accelerate the layout of charging and swapping facilities in Europe in the future.

NIO Power Station

The 3rd Gen power exchange station adopts a brand-new three-station coordinated power exchange mode. This improves the service capacity by 30% compared with the 2nd Gen power exchange station. The replacement power station will also be equipped with 2 laser radars and 2 Nvidia OrinX chips. It will also come with a total computing power of 508TOPS. It can achieve the function of calling and swapping vehicles with this capacity. 

NIO’s Power Swap Technology

NIO’s Power Swap technology is one of the most beloved features for its users. There are more than 1,300 Power Swap Stations in China, including the 10 operating Power Swap Stations in Europe. In total, they have performed more than 15 million swaps. The 3rd Gen stations reduce the swap time to 4 minutes and 40 seconds from 5 minutes and 40 seconds and can store 21 battery packs. With a capacity to store up to 21 battery packs each, NIO’s Power Swap Station 3.0 can speed up battery swapping to less than five minutes and lower the service cost per swap.

NIO Power Station

NIO’s Expansion in Europe

As of August 17, NIO has deployed 25 power stations in Europe, 10 charging stations, and 33 charging piles. The company has also deployed more than 500,000 three-way piles. The company has already installed ten battery-swapping stations in Europe, with seven more due to go into operation soon. The ten European battery-swapping stations are located in Norway, Germany, Sweden, and the Netherlands. By the end of 2023, NIO plans to have 120 such stations across Europe.

On NIO Day in 2022, it released the 3rd Gen power station. According to reports, compared with the previous generation, the 3rd Gen battery replacement station has a 20% shorter battery replacement time. It also has increased the number of battery storage positions to 21.

NIO’s goal is to install 120 Power Swap Stations in Europe by the end of 2023. This it claims will make electric driving more comfortable and faster than ever, even over longer distances. In addition, the European NIO Power Swap Station network is expanding rapidly. On December 29, 2022, another NIO Power Swap Station opened in Den Hoorn, the third location in the Netherlands. There are now a total of 10 NIO Swap Stations open for European users (including two in Germany, three in Norway, and two in Sweden). Although NIO now has 16 battery swap stations in Europe to date, this is the first one co-developed and implemented along with its partner in Shell.

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Testimonials from NIO users who have used the power swap stations

Here are a few quotes from NIO users who have used the power swap stations. These reviews are from NIO’s official website regarding the power swap stations

  1. “I was blown away by how fast and convenient the power swap station was. It literally took less than five minutes to swap out my battery and I was on my way. No more waiting around for a charge!” – John, NIO ES6 owner
  2. “The swap station is a game-changer for me. I used to worry about running out of battery on long trips, but now I can just swap out my battery and keep going. It’s so easy and convenient.” – Sarah, NIO ES8 owner
  3. “I was skeptical at first, but after using the power swap station I’m a believer. It’s faster than filling up a gas tank and it eliminates range anxiety completely. I’ll never go back to a traditional gas car.” – Tom, NIO EC6 owner
  4. “The swap station is so easy to use. You just pull up, swap out your battery, and you’re done. No fuss, no mess, no waiting around for a charge.” – Lisa, NIO ES8 owner
  5. “I love how NIO is always innovating and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. The power swap station is a perfect example of that. It’s a game-changer for electric vehicles.” – Mike, NIO ES6 owner
  6. “I was hesitant to buy an electric car because of range anxiety, but the power swap station has completely eliminated that concern. It’s so fast and convenient, I don’t even think about charging anymore.” – Emily, NIO EC6 owner
  7. “I’ve never experienced anything like the power swap station before. It’s so easy and fast, it feels like magic. I’m proud to be a NIO owner.” – David, NIO ES8 owner
  8. “The swap station is a game-changer for road trips. No more worrying about finding charging stations or waiting around for hours. Just swap out your battery and keep going.” – Rachel, NIO ES6 owner
  9. “The power swap station is so simple and easy to use, it’s almost too good to be true. But it’s real, and it’s amazing.” – Mark, NIO EC6 owner
  10. “I was hesitant to try the power swap station at first, but after using it once I was hooked. It’s so fast and convenient, I don’t know how I ever lived without it.” – Kelly, NIO ES8 owner


Final Words

NIO’s 3rd Gen power station in Europe is a battery swap station that seeks to solve a major issue in the electric car industry. NIO’s battery swapping stations are a unique solution to the range anxiety for electric car users. With its expansion plans in Europe, NIO is making electric driving more accessible and convenient for drivers across the continent. Instead of waiting for a vehicle to charge, drivers can quickly swap out a depleted battery for a fully charged one. This will allow them to continue their journey without delay. With its expansion plans in Europe, NIO is making electric driving more accessible and convenient for drivers across the continent. With the launch of the  500kW ultra-fast charging station in Freehamnen, Stockholm, Sweden, drivers still have the option of charging their old batteries if they so desire.

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