Nio takes a step ahead with its electric battery minute exchanges

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Will instant battery swap replace fast charging? For the motorist who takes down long stages, the concept seems promising. However, the idea fizzled out at Renault, which experimented with it between 2008 and 2013… a bit too early!

It resurfaced in China, at the electric car manufacturer Nio, which exported it to Europe. The advantage? When it takes at least twenty minutes to go from 20% to 80% charge on an ultra-fast terminal, less than five minutes are enough for a robotic trolley to slip under the car, unbolt the box and replace the exhausted battery with another. . In a jiffy, you’re off again for 400 kilometers of autonomy. Nio already has 1,400 stations in China, located along major highway links.