Chinese electric car maker Nio and petroleum company Shell have formed a strategic partnership to collaborate on charging and battery swap facilities in China and Europe.
Nio and Shell plan to jointly install 100 battery swap stations in China by 2025 and also operate initial pilot stations in Europe starting in 2022, according to a report by "CN EV Post." For Shell, the deal offers access to a new area of the Chinese mobility market.
More specific numbers for the plans in Europe are not given in the report, which is based on a Chinese Nio memo. The automaker is already delivering its vehicles in Norway as its first European market, and plans to have battery swap stations there as well. It's not yet confirmed for the rest of Europe, but as a first step, it already has a certificate from TÜV.
Beyond the specific infrastructure projects, Nio and Shell have agreed to explore opportunities for further cooperation in battery asset management, fleet management, membership systems, home charging services, advanced battery charging and exchange technology development, and the construction of charging stations in China.