The battery “swap” that will revolutionize the electric car in Europe, goodbye to the fear of running out of battery

The bone electric charging time and the possible limitations that these impose, necessarily, in scenarios such as long-distance travel, continue to be one of the factors that generate the most uncertainty and doubts among those who consider making the leap to electric vehicle. But what if there was a proven and effective technology to have a fully charged battery in minutes?

The swap batteries is getting closer to Europe, offering a solution to put an end to the fear of running out of battery in your electric car.

The Shanghai company NIO undertook to install A network of swapfast battery replacement, in Europe. And their experience in China supports them. And as we will see later, this is not science fiction technology, but a proposal for the use of the electric vehicle and a satisfactory business model.

Battery “swap” stations make it possible to automatically change the battery of a car, for another fully charged, the replacement time in NIO stations is less than 5 minutes

What does the swap batteries?

The swap or rather the exchange of electric car batteries It relies on the use of stations that incorporate an automated system to extract a car’s battery and replace it with a full battery. This requires vehicles that have been designed to be able to quickly extract and exchange their battery packs, with an automated system and, of course, stations capable of carrying out this operation in complete safety and in a reasonable time.

NIO refers to its strategy as Battery as a Service, or Battery as a Service. The vehicle owner does not have ownership of the battery, but a subscription to use it. And at any time, you can access a battery swap recharge to replace your car battery with a fully charged one. The time required to change a battery at a charging station swapfor another fully charged, is less than 5 minutes.

Your network of swap China’s battery exchange already has 1,011 battery exchange stations and has completed nearly 10 million operations. NIO has undertaken to install over 4,000 battery swap stations worldwide and which is intended to be one of its main attractions for accelerating its implementation in Europe.

NIO has already carried out nearly 10 million battery changes in China, where it has 1,011 “swap” stations, which will also arrive in Europe – and be produced in Europe – to reach 4,000 stations worldwide.

The network of swap of NIO batteries in Europe

In September, NIO is expected to start production at its first factory outside of China, which will be in Europe, near Pest – yes, the eastern part of Budapest – in Hungary (Europe Auto news). The new NIO factory in Europe will be responsible, above all, for the development and production of power systems, including battery exchange stations to be installed in Europe.

seasons of swap of batteries produced in Europe, for Europe. And not only that. NIO has already entered into agreements with the petroleum products company Shell to install its battery exchange stations and, in turn, make the fast charger network of Shell service stations available to NIO customers.

In the past, companies like Better Place and Renault, with their agreement in 2007, tried to offer battery exchange stations in Israel and Denmark, in a project that ultimately failed. Did they anticipate a technology that was too advanced for the state of implementation of the electric vehicle? Will NIO make its marketing strategy swap batteries and batteries as a service succeed in Europe?

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