7.5.2021Nio to deliver first ES8 SUVs to Norway in September
Nio, a Chinese manufacturer of premium electric vehicles, is planning to deliver its first ES8 electric SUVs in Norway in September 2021. Norway will also be the first overseas market to offer Nio’s complete charging infrastructure, which includes battery swapping stations.
Nio wants to go live with its app in Norway in July, from August test drives with the ES8 electric SUV should be possible, and the first binding orders and deliveries should take place in September. In fact, the first transport ship is already scheduled to leave China in June. Reservations will be possible as early as July.
To begin with, only the ES8 will be offered in Norway, according to Marius Hayler, Nio’s General Manager for Norway. An adapted European version of the large electric SUV will be offered with a 100 kWh battery, providing a range of more than 300 miles, according to the WLTP cycle.
So far, Nio has not provided any details about the charging performance of the European ES8. However, the charge points already announced should provide some clue. A 7-kW charger is to be offered as a wallbox for the garage at home, but there has been no mention of a three-phase 11-kW charger for other markets so far. The public DC stations that Nio plans to build in Norway will allow charging with up to 180 kW. Halyer did not specify how many of the ‘Supercharger’ charging stations will be built in Norway.
Four of Nio's battery swapping stations are also to be set up in the Oslo area this year, with further stations planned for Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim and Kristiansand in 2022. The battery exchange stations are currently being adapted for the European market, according to Hayler. Nio has also stated that 312 battery swaps will be possible per day.
“A new chapter in electric mobility is beginning in Norway,” said Hayler, who has previously worked for Jaguar Land Rover and Volvo. “Today, EV drivers use their cars very much like internal combustion vehicles. I’m convinced that Nio’s Smart EVs can change that, that we use our vehicles more intelligently.”