InsideEvs reported on Wednesday that Chinese EV maker NIO has officially launched the first battery swap station in Norway, where the Chinese manufacturer intends to have a total of 20 such facilities by the end of 2022.
The station is near to the E-18 at Kjellstad in Lier, a few kilometers north of Drammen. It’s a second-generation Power Swap Station 2.0, introduced in April 2021, which has 14 battery slots – 13 battery packs and an empty slot to pick up a discharged battery.
Up to now, NIO has built 796 power swap stations in China while the company aims to build 4,000 by the end of 2025, of which 1,000 will be located overseas.
As the country with the highest proportion of electric vehicles in Europe, Norway is the first country for many domestic car companies such as NIO to enter the European market. As of today, there are more than 200 NIO ES8 registered in Norway. According to the company, 92% of early customers in Norway opted for BaaS (Battery as a Service) instead of the full purchase price.