A key argument for Nio since its arrival on the market in 2018, its battery exchange system is now opening up to other manufacturers. After Changan, it is Geely’s turn to engage with Nio.
Just a few days after the signing of Nio’s first partnership on its battery exchange system, here is already a second. After Changan, another Chinese automobile heavyweight is joining, Geely.
The terms of the agreement remain particularly broad (or vague?), since it will concern the definition of common battery exchange standards, the construction and sharing of exchange networks, the management of the assets of said network, the development of compatible vehicles, private or utility.
On the other hand, we can read between the lines that if Nio shares its technology, any compatible Geely models will not have access to Nio’s current network, which remains reserved for its customers. William Li, boss of Nio, declares:
“We will continue to advance the construction of the exchange station network for Nio users, continuously improving their charging experience, while working with partners to initiate the construction of a battery exchange network for sharing between brands”.
The agreement will, however, lead to the definition of standards on the subject. Geely operates its own battery exchange network, intended for professional users with vehicles sold under the Maple or Livan brands. Ultimately, vehicles from these brands should adopt the common format with Nio and Changan. However, Geely has not indicated any brand limits on the use of the technology. Will we see Lynk&Co, Zeekr move to battery swapping?
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