While “cheater” Elon Musk launches Tesla electric cars directly into space, Chinese motorists wind record kilometers on Mother Earth. It’s a joke, but the electric vehicles of the Chinese company Nio have driven over 800 million km in total in three years, which is more than the average distance from the Sun to Jupiter.
Yesterday Nio released statistics on the use of electric vehicles ES6 and ES8 by Chinese drivers. The ES8 went on sale in the spring of 2017 and the ES6 went on sale on May 31, 2019. Since the beginning of sales of these cars, their owners have driven over 800 million km.
The deployment of a network of stations for automatic and quick replacement of batteries helped the company achieve such high performance. Instead of a long – about one hour – “fast” battery charging, Nio stations automatically replace a discharged electric vehicle traction battery with a fully charged one. This procedure takes from three to five minutes, which makes the charging process an extremely comfortable event for the electric car driver.
As of July 17, 2020, 58% of Nio electric car owners have driven over 10,000 km each. Last year, 47% of drivers covered over 50 km every day. Moreover, since May last year, some of the company’s car owners have driven more than 140,000 km. It’s like going around the Earth 3.5 times. According to Nio at the time of the announcement of new products, the ES8 electric car on a fully charged battery can travel up to 355 km, and ES6 – 510 km. Without automatic battery change stations, it would be difficult for the former to contribute to the record-breaking mileage of the company’s electric vehicles.
Note: electric cars open up for manufacturers not only the opportunity to collect interesting statistics, but also allow collecting comprehensive data on the operation of cars and roads. This is the information that step by step brings the appearance of autopilots closer and makes driving as easy as possible.
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