NIO will convert its battery exchange stations into mini solar power plants
NIO may be on the verge of something exciting. The company currently has just over 500 battery exchange stations. If each of them has solar panels, they can become mini solar power plants. This is precisely what the company will be doing with the help of Unisun Energy.
If you consider that NIO plans to have 4,000 battery swap stations by 2025 – including 3,000 in China – that means the stations will deliver 300 MW of power by then. That’s enough energy to power about 300,000 homes.
It may not seem like much, but the potential of the idea makes it so appealing. In addition to charging the batteries with solar energy and saving the electricity grid from this demand, these stations can also store electricity. So, in the event of a power outage for whatever reason, NIO Power Swap Stations can help deliver power to areas where they are distributed.
This will not only give NIO a new source of revenue: it will also give these stations public value. These huge energy banks (and at the same time mini-power plants) will become assets for the regions in which they are located.
As NIO expands its battery swap network, the idea is also expected to catch on. Competitors like Geely will love it and try to use it in their own stations, creating relevant energy safeguards all over China.
We hope that NIO will follow the idea of ââplacing solar panels on the roof of its international battery exchange stations as well. Considering that 1,000 of them will be located abroad, countries that have them might also like the idea of ââhaving extra power from renewable sources.