In China, the race is on to provide EV drivers with the fastest possible EV charging experience, and NIO has overtaken its two competitors (XPeng and GAC Aion) by announcing that it will launch 500 kW and 640 A in China and Europe which will be operational by the end of this year.
NIO gave few details on its new ultra-high power chargers, but seeing the specifications of XPeng, which plans to launch its 480 kW devices, which will be four times faster than those currently on the market and will be able to recharge 12 times faster than conventional charging stations.
Vehicles can add 200 kilometers of range in just five minutes of charging and recharge the battery from 10 to 80 percent in 12 minutes. Since the NIO chargers will have 20 kW more power, this performance data should be at least slightly improved.
They also plan to introduce third-generation swap stations (current second-gen installations store 13 batteries and can perform 312 swaps per day), which can store more batteries and have a more flexible layout, but do not provide More details. except they are nearing the end of development and are being tested.
The first of these is expected to be put into service by the end of this year or early 2023.
NIO currently has 8,961 battery packs in its replacement system: 3,821 long range and 5,140 standard range. It is developing V2G technology that will allow those batteries to store energy for local power grids using the new back-end interface.
Reference- CNEvPost, Inside EVs, EV Obsession, NIO website, The Street