NIO this week opened Ulm-Seligweiler and Regensburg, two more of a total of seven Power Swap Stations (PSS) in Germany. For the locations Mühldorf, Geiselwind and Aurach in Bavaria as well as Lehre in Lower Saxony, NIO has also received the necessary permits and partially started construction. With the commissioning of the new PSS, it is now possible for users to travel from northern to southern Germany, or from Berlin to Amsterdam, using only power swaps.
“We are very proud to be able to provide our users with seven Power Swap Stations in Germany as of today,” said Frederic Korn, Head of Power at NIO. “Our unique Power concept, which enables both charging and fully automated battery swapping, gives our users the choice of whether they prefer to take a longer charging break or just a short swapping stop during vacation trips.”
Five Power Swap Stations in six weeks. Connecting 50 more locations to the Power Network
Following Germany’s first two PSS in Zusmarshausen (Bavaria) and Hilden (North Rhine-Westphalia), another PSS in North Rhine-Westphalia, Dorsten, went into operation on June 29. In Ulm-Seligweiler, the first PSS in Baden-Württemberg recently went online on July 25 and was officially opened to the public today. It was followed by the Großburgwedel PSS (Lower Saxony) at EnBW’s fast-charging park on July 27 and Waldlaubersheim (Rhineland-Palatinate) on July 28. The seventh PSS nationwide and at the same time the second in Bavaria was ceremonially opened this week in Regensburg. With the aim of establishing a nationwide charging infrastructure, NIO has already secured 50 additional sites for the construction of new Power Swap Stations and signed the corresponding contracts.
Expansion of north-south and east-west networking
PSS Dorsten is not only located directly on the A31 motorway, but also connects the Ruhr region in the west with the East Frisian Islands in northwestern Germany, which are popular during the vacation season. It also benefits from its strategic location in close proximity to the Netherlands, while the Belgian border is also only around two hours away. Waldlaubersheim on the A61 takes NIO users either directly to Mannheim and the Hockenheimring via the “Scenic Route” or north via the A3 to the nearest PSS in Hilden. The PSS Großburgwedel, on the A7 between Hanover and Hamburg, represents the first joint location with EnBW in EnBW’s second largest fast-charging park in Germany. Ulm-Seligweiler is the first battery swap station to open in Baden-Württemberg and also the 20th PSS in Europe. Regensburg provides the fastest west-east connection between Nuremberg and Passau. At the same time, it is the starting point for traveling south toward Austria or north toward the Czech Republic.
NIO Power Swap Station (PSS) – as a supplement to charging.
With NIO vehicles both is possible: charging and swapping. However, unique and exclusive to all NIO users who rent the vehicle battery in the “Battery-as-a-Service model” (BaaS) is the PSS: a revolutionary charging solution from NIO that enables fully automatic battery swapping in just a few minutes. The NIO Power Swap Stations (the current generation, 2.0) are comparable in size to a double garage and weigh in at about 28 tons. With more than 1,200 patented inventions, they are considered the world’s leading technology for battery swapping, which is accomplished in about five minutes. Each Power Swap Station is designed to perform up to 312 battery swaps (“swaps”) per day. During each swap, the condition of the battery and electrical system is carefully checked to ensure that both the vehicle and the battery are in optimal condition.