NIO will start releasing electric vehicles with solid batteries by the end of the year, their range exceeding 1,000 km

NIO will start releasing electric vehicles with solid batteries by the end of the year, their range

As long as Japanese and European car manufacturers promise to develop solid electrolyte traction batteries closer to the middle of the decade, the Chinese company NIO is willing to start supplying its electric vehicles from the end of this year.

According to sources, in the fourth quarter of this year, NIO will already have 150 kWh batteries and 360 Wh/kg storage density, which is more than double that of the same Tesla Model 3 Long Range. Remember that Ilon Mask himself is skeptical about the idea of producing more than 600 km of electric vehicles, because he is convinced that after such a distance, people will inevitably want to rest, and the pause can be used to reload a traction battery quickly.

If the existing NIO electric vehicles are equipped with batteries with specified characteristics, the ES8 will be able to run without charging up to 850 km over the NEDC cycle, the ES6 model will pass on one charge up to 900 km and the ET7 sedan will be able to travel more than 1,000 km. The advantage of the NIO product is that the vehicles are equipped with replacement batteries. This means that even the electric vehicles in use can be converted to increased capacity batteries. There is no special need to pay the full cost of the battery: the NIO traction batteries are leased by subscription. The company also constructs battery express replacement stations that allow the vehicle owner to switch the battery to a fully charged battery in just a few minutes.

The supply of NIO batteries based on solid electrolyte is likely to be the Pekinian company WeLion New Energy Technology. It is reported that the anode of these batteries will use a combination of carbon and silicon, and the cathode will contain an increased nickel content. A solid electrolyte in turn will increase the speed of rapid charging and improve the fire safety of the battery, not to mention an increase in the range.