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200 km in less than 5 minutes: this is how NIO’s 500 kW electric car chargers are – News – Hybrids and Electrics

On the occasion of the second edition of NIO Power Dayan annual event to showcase the innovations of the Chinese electric car manufacturer, the new super fast chargers able to gain power from has 500 kW. NIO will install these chargers this year both in China and Europewhich follows him battery replacement network which also has an important innovation: the introduction of third generation of this technology which has been very well received in China.

Despite the problems in global supply chains that are causing so much difficulty for the auto industry in China and elsewhere, NIO is still one of the manufacturers touting electric cars that are coming together. luxury, technology and easy reloadingthanks to its technological innovations.

After the launch of its new SUV, the ES7 in China last month, NIO’s catalog consists of six models, two sedans and four jeeps. To compete with its Chinese competitors who have also chosen to expand in foreign markets, as is the case with Xpeng, GAC or AionNIO has developed and is implementing its own battery charging system.

It is currently the leader among the few manufacturers that offer battery replacement systems. A network that continues to expand both in terms of stations and technology. Inspired by Tesla’s Battery Day, NIO is celebrating this year another version of your power day dedicated to showing the progress related to recharging energy for its electric vehicles. There, the president of NIO, Qin Lihong, and his team talked for more than an hour and a half about the innovations that have been developed in the past year.

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Charging stations with 500 kW power

The first and most important are new fast charging stations able to gain power up to 500 kWwhich comes to both China and Europe. The maximum current they can handle is 650 amps, resulting in one of the fastest recharge rates in the industry, ahead of its competitors.

So far, the most powerful charger that was officially announced was the one that GAC I will shown in August 2021, able to reach 480 kW power. Last week, the president and CEO XPengHe Xiaopeng, announced that the company will gradually implement its own charging system this year. 480 kW/800 V later this year compatible with the electrical system of its next electric SUV, the G9. As pointed out

According to He, XPeng’s new superchargers can achieve a range of 200 kilometers in five minutes and recharge an 800V battery from 10 to 80% in 12 minutes. In the case of NIO, at increase the power by 20 kW These load times should be further reduced. NIO’s electric cars, at the moment, only support up to 90 kW of charging power, so either the new stations will only have a real benefit for their next models, or the existing ones will have to be upgraded. The company plans to launch a new 150 kWh capacity lithium battery pack, which could be the first to support this recharging. As reported ReutersNIO has also recently announced that from 2024 it will start making its own 800-volt batteries, likely still with liquid electrolyte, but which should allow for much higher charging speeds than those currently fitted to its electric cars.

According to NIO, 80% of charging cycles are performed by customers driving electric vehicles from other brands. Qin used this moment to call on other EV brands to do the same and open up their networks to other drivers.

New battery replacement stations

NIO also presented its third generation battery exchange stationswhich are nearing the end of their development and are already in the testing phase, before starting deployment in late 2022 or early 2023.

The first 200 NIO battery exchange stations correspond to the first generation of this technology. This facility could hold up to five batteries. From 201 to 1,011, these are second-generation stations that store up to 13 batteries and offer a maximum service capacity of 312 daily exchanges.

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The third generation of NIO battery changing stations will offer more battery storage capacity (the previous generation supports 13) and a more flexible design

Third generation stations will still offer more battery storage and a more flexible design. To date, NIO’s battery exchange centers host a total of 8,961 batteries. This figure includes 3,821 long-range battery packs and 5,140 conventional range batteries.

In connection with the exchange program, NIO shared some information about its strategy for the coming years:

  • By 2025, in China, NIO will have a battery-sharing network laid out in a square grid spanning nine expressways vertically and another nine horizontally. In addition, it will also serve 19 urban areas.
  • That year, more than 90% of NIO’s customers will have at least one battery exchange station within 3 km of their home.
  • NIO plans to have more than 4,000 battery exchange centers worldwide by 2025, including 1,000 outside China.
  • The automaker is testing the use of stored batteries to feed power back into the grid below battery swapping stations.
  • It has already completed the testing of V2G technology and will implement this technology in different situations in the future.
  • NIO has installed a total of 127,528 charging stations in the homes of its customers.

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