Nio Founder and CEO William Li has marked a new milestone for the company by driving a NIO ET7 over 1,000km on a single battery charge, the firm claims.

The drive was done to test the capabilities of NIO’s Ultra Long Range 150kWh battery pack.

The 14-hour journey began in Shanghai with sights set on Xiamen, a city on the southeast coast of China.

William Li was joined by Dr  Fei Shen, Senior Vice President of NIO Power, and Chenxia Huang, General Manager of Tencent News.

After a short stopover and driver swap, the NIO ET7 reached Xiamen having used 97% of its battery life during the 1,044-km trip,

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Mr Li said: “The completion of this range test marks the range of smart EVs going beyond 1,000 kilometers, which will further promote the transformation of the automotive industry from the consumption of gasoline to electricity.”

The new 150kWh Ultra Long Range battery is compatible with all NIO electric vehicles through NIO Power’s chargeable, upgradable and swappable power service system, and NIO users will be provided with flexible options for upgrading the batteries when needed.

As of December 2023, NIO has 2,322 Power Swap Stations worldwide: 2,289 in China and 33 in Europe, with the latest opening in Amsterdam.