EV battery swap technology charges on
Electric vehicles and charging go hand in hand. While the focus is on rolling out thousands of DC fast chargers every year, there’s another company using a solution that many believe would never work. It’s called EV battery swapping and over the weekend, Chinese start-up Nio opened its 1,200th battery swap station.
Battery swapping is like swapping a bottle for the barbecue, but for EV batteries. Nio has persisted with battery swap technology in its home market of China. Now Nio has been able to take another step forward with its battery swap stations according to reports on Official Nio Social Media Channel.
The pace of battery swap stations in its home market is incredible. Last November, Nio had only 600 stations in China. A year later, it doubled to 1,200.
In some context, Australia has less than 400 DC fast-charging sites as of November 2022, although it should be noted that one company, Janus, is designing heavy-duty truck conversions featuring power-swapping technologies. battery.
Nio’s electric vehicles are designed to have battery swaps and the whole process can be done in less than 7 minutes. This was demonstrated by YouTuber Bjorn Nyland, in Norway, where Nio has also started to deploy its battery exchange stations. Bjørn performed a battery swap test on the Nio ES8 SUV with a 100 kWh battery.
The company recently announced its arrival in other European left-hand drive markets like Germany.
To date, the company has provided over 14 million battery swap services and currently performs an average of 30,000 battery swaps per day according to their social media posts.
With the continued deployment of battery swap stations, Nio expects to have over 4,000 battery swap stations by the end of 2025. At least 1,000 of these will be in international markets in outside of China.
It’s great to see innovation in charging technologies, just as we see in improved battery technologies such as CATL’s new Qilin batteries seen in the Minivan Zeekr 009 with 800 km of autonomy.
Battery swapping isn’t just a proof of concept, it’s done today and on a massive scale. With brands like Nio using these technologies and expanding into international markets, this can only be good for those considering making the switch.
Riz is the founder of Melbourne-based carloop, specializing in Australian electric vehicle data and trends. He is a mechanical engineer who spent the first 7 years of his career building transport infrastructure before launching carloop. He is passionate about cars, especially electric vehicles, and wants to help reduce transport emissions in Australia. He currently drives a red Tesla Model 3.