Nio unveiled a new high-powered destination charger at NIO Day 2022 on December 24. The charger is capable of delivering up to 500 kW of electricity, making it one of the most powerful charging stations available on the market. It is designed to significantly reduce charging times for electric vehicles, especially those from other manufacturers. In addition to this innovative charger, Nio also operates a network of unique battery swap stations, which provide another convenient option for electric vehicle drivers to quickly and easily replenish their vehicle's power.
According to Nio, its new ultra-fast charger is accessible to all manufacturers of electric vehicles and is available to the public. It is capable of producing a maximum charging current of 660 A, making it one of the highest-powered chargers on the market. With its impressive output, the Nio charger is expected to significantly reduce charging times for electric cars and make the process of charging more convenient and efficient for drivers. It is available to the public, making it accessible to a wide range of electric vehicle owners.
The new ultra-fast charger is capable of delivering an 80% charge to electric vehicles built on the 800 V platform in as little as 12 minutes, provided that the vehicle has at least a 10% charge. For electric vehicles built on the 400 V platform, the charging time is around 20 minutes to achieve the same level of charge. These charging times are significantly faster than those of traditional charging stations and are expected to be particularly convenient for drivers who need to quickly recharge their vehicles while on the go.
Nio's ultra-fast charger is equipped with a 15.6-inch display and features the company's exclusive liquid-cooling technology. These features work together to significantly reduce the weight of the charging cable, making it easy for users to operate the charger with just one hand. The use of liquid cooling also helps to improve the performance and longevity of the charger by keeping it cool and running smoothly. With its lightweight cable and advanced cooling system, the Nio charger is designed to be user-friendly and reliable for electric vehicle drivers.
The new charger is expected to be operational by March 2023, around the same time as the company's third-generation battery swap stations. The charger is designed to be a convenient and efficient way for electric vehicle drivers to quickly recharge their vehicles while on the go. With its impressive charging capacity, the Nio charger is expected to significantly reduce charging times and provide a reliable source of power for electric vehicle drivers.
The charger boasts a maximum capacity of 640 kW, making it one of the highest-powered chargers on the market. The charger was developed in response to the growing demand for fast and efficient charging options for electric vehicles. After its local competitor XPeng unveiled a charger earlier this year with a maximum power of 480 kW,
XPeng demonstrated its S4 Supercharger technology on August 15, which claims to have a maximum current of 670 A and a maximum power of 480 kW. This advanced charging technology enables the XPeng G9 electric vehicle, which supports 4C charging, to achieve a range of more than 200 kilometers in as little as five minutes and reach a charge level of 80% in just 15 minutes from a starting charge level of 10%. This represents a significant improvement in charging times compared to traditional chargers and is expected to be particularly convenient for drivers who need to quickly recharge their vehicles while on the go.
During the launch event for Nio's new ultra-fast charger at Nio Day, the company's founder, chairman, and CEO, William Li, announced that the company's charging network is open to all brands of electric vehicles and that 80.5% of the power provided is used by more than 110 other brands of vehicles. This reflects Nio's commitment to providing convenient and reliable charging options for electric vehicle drivers, regardless of the brand of their vehicle. Li also stated that Nio's charging network is the largest network of its kind in the world, underscoring the company's leadership in the electric vehicle charging industry.
According to Nio, its own vehicles use 19.5% of the electricity provided by its charging network, while BYD vehicles consume 20.4%, Tesla vehicles consume 12%, XPeng vehicles consume 3.4%, and Li Auto vehicles consume 2.9%. These figures demonstrate the wide range of electric vehicle brands that use Nio's charging network and the diverse range of charging needs among different electric vehicle models.
Nio currently owns and operates 1,284 battery swap stations and 2,239 charging stations in China, providing a total of 13,083 charging piles for electric vehicle drivers. These charging piles include both rapid charging piles, which are designed for quickly replenishing the power of electric vehicles, and destination piles, which charge at a slower rate but are convenient for drivers who are on longer trips or need to charge their vehicles overnight.