A leap in battery technology.
In collaboration with WeLion, a developer of solid-state batteries, NIO has made significant progress in improving the range and charging speed of its vehicles. At the heart of this innovation are solid-state batteries, known for their many advantages over traditional lithium-ion batteries, including higher energy density, faster charging times, longer life and improved safety. The ET7 sedan, which will be introduced in early 2021 with a 150 kWh solid-state battery pack, is expected to be able to travel more than 1,000 kilometers on a single charge, with charging times reduced to 10 minutes.
With solid-state battery production already underway in China, NIO is poised to revolutionize the electric vehicle market. In a statement filed with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the company said it plans to start selling vehicles equipped with these advanced batteries as early as summer 2023, introducing them in models such as the ES8 and ES6 SUVs, the EC6 coupe SUV, and others.
NIO’s new ES6, capable of driving 930 kilometers on a single charge, is a testament to the capabilities of solid-state batteries. Weighing only 20 kg more than its predecessor, this vehicle sets a new performance standard, emphasizing the lightness yet power of solid state technology.
Safety and environmental friendliness.
In addition to impressive performance, the new 150 kWh batteries feature faster charging times, a lifespan of more than 10 years and improved safety thanks to reduced risk of thermal runaway. As NIO seeks to expand its market share and overtake competitors like Tesla, these innovations in battery technology could be a deciding factor.
Having filed a second application with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, NIO is determined to introduce solid state batteries into its vehicle lineup. The company’s decision to make these batteries available for both new models and retrofits of existing vehicles marks a watershed moment in the EV industry that could herald a new era of eco-friendly and high-performance electric vehicles.
The automotive world is closely following NIO’s bold steps in solid-state battery technology that set a potentially new standard for electric vehicle performance. The future of electric transportation promises to be longer range, faster and safer.
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