New electric vehicle company NIO has confirmed it is to come to the UK in 2023, following a launch in other European countries before the end of this year. Three models will be available through subscription, some with battery swap technology. NIO announced that the ET7 saloon is available to order now in Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden with deliveries due to start on October.
NIO also confirmed that order books are open for its EL7, a large SUV, and the ET5, a mid-size saloon, with deliveries set to start in January and March 2023, respectively.
NIO’s batteries are particularly interesting, using a format called CSU (Chargeable, Swappable, Upgradeable) which enables them to be charged as normal, swapped when empty or even upgraded to the latest battery technology or capacity. This would allow drivers to choose a bigger battery pack when going on a longer journey, for example, and then swap back to a smaller unit when they return.