Electric vehicle startup Nio has announced a strategic partnership with Shell, that includes a plan to install 100 battery swapping stations in China by 2025 and construct and operate pilot stations in Europe from 2022.

Shell’s charging network in Europe will also become available to Nio users.

Nio and Shell will ‘continue to explore further collaboration opportunities in battery asset management, fleet management, membership systems, home charging services, advanced battery charging and swapping technology development, and the construction of charging facilities in China’.

Nio began delivering cars to consumers in China in 2018, expanded sales to Norway in 2021.

“This cooperation demonstrates Shell’s determination to accelerate the energy transition and its commitment to contribute to sustainable development globally,” said William Li, founder, chairman and CEO of Nio. “We believe that the cooperation between Nio and Shell will bring better services and experiences to electric vehicle users worldwide.”

István Kapitány, global executive vice president of Shell Mobility, added, “Decarbonization is a global challenge that requires broad-reaching, multi-faceted global solutions. This is the most exciting aspect of our new partnership with Nio—the breadth of the collaboration and the value we can offer our EV customers both in Europe and in China. Together, we’ll be working to improve every element of the EV experience. This means we’ll offer Shell Recharge high-speed charging at Nio locations and make battery swapping available at convenient Shell locations. We will also be offering Nio customers our best home and business charging solutions.”

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