News JVTech Electric car: China is more assertive in Europe with super-powerful chargers and crazy ranges
Published on 02/01/2023 at 13:21
In 2022, we were treated to many innovations and novelties in the automotive sector. The electric car continues to democratize and for this new year, China could well win everything, no offense to Tesla and company.
NIO and BYD, the spearheads of the Chinese electric car
When we talk about electric cars, our minds almost directly relate to Tesla. However, the American manufacturer is clearly not the only electric player in the world. Large manufacturers such as BMW, Renault, Fiat, Dacia and even Porsche (the list is long) have chosen to direct part of their production to better understand the future and the decisions taken by European and world authorities.
And if Tesla has dominated the market for several years, big challengers are emerging from Asia and especially from China. BYD is also the first real rival of the firm of Elon Musk. But alongside this builder, three other letters are beginning to be talked about on the old continent, these are the “N”, the “I” and the “O”, which give end to end NIO. Between large autonomy and overpowered chargers, the firm intends to impose itself little by little in the West.
NIO wants to remove the weak points of the electric car
The electric car has an obvious weakness: as long as its autonomy does not guarantee 600 or 700 kilometres, the charging network will remain essential. But even when a car has a large battery, its user still faces other problems. Right now, the car with the longest range at the lowest price is the Tesla Model 3 Long Rangewhich shows a distance of 602 km according to the WLTP cycle and costs almost 62,490 euros. NIO vehicles, on the other hand, promise a range of 1,000 kilometers (according to the NEDC cycle, more lax than the WLTP). In the worst case, the NIO ET7 and ET5 should fall within the limits of the aforementioned figures, which gives a clear idea of the audience targeted by the Shanghai firm.
Photo credit: NIO
But NIO’s strategy is not just about delivering a technologically advanced electric car with a long range. The goal is to ensure that the user experience does not become a torture due to issues with the charging network. The idea is to create an ecosystem around the vehicle that convinces the customer to choose NIO over another. Like Tesla did with its Superchargers.
In this sense, so it makes perfect sense to see NIO showcasing 500kW chargers for electric cars. An energy that will require vehicles running on 800-volt batteries, and which will allow them to go from 10-80% charge in just 12 minutes. Vehicles using 400 volt power (most models on the market) will need 20 minutes to charge the same amount.
This charging station is only equipped with a CCS socket and has a liquid cooling system to reduce cable size, prevent overheating and maintain high power output. The charger should begin to be deployed in March and will soon arrive in our European countries. Besides that, the Chinese firm is also testing battery exchange stations. So understand that with its ultra-fast charging or its unique battery exchange system, NIO intends to add value to its catalog of products and services.