SAIC Volkswagen ranks highest in NEV new-vehicle quality among all brands in the PHEV segment in China, followed by BMW, while NIO ranks highest among all brands in the BEV segment, followed by Tesla, according to a JD Power report. As the New Energy Vehicle (NEV) market in China gets in the fast lane, the […]
Nio, or Weilai as its Chinese name meaning Blue Sky Coming (represented in its symbol), is a Chinese electric vehicle brand headquartered in Shanghai, specializing in designing and developing electric autonomous vehicles.
Nio was founded in November 2014 by William Li (or Li Bin), the Chairman of Bitauto and NextEV. After launch, several companies invested in Nio, including Tencent, Temasek, Baidu, Sequoia, Lenovo, and TPG.
Its first model, the NIO EP9 sports car, debuted the same day the brand was established.
- NIO Life is the company's clothing collection, made in collaboration with Hussein Chalayan.
- NIO Service is the company's network of service centers
- NIO Power is the company's network of battery swap stations, power mobile, power home and super chargers.
Nio has 122 Swap Stations around China, including 18 battery swap stations along the G4 Expressway in China
NIO Pilot is the company's SAE level 2 semi-autonomous system that offers ADAS features. It launched with the introduction of NIO's ES8 model.
Several over the updates throughout 2018 and 2019 has enhanced NIO Pilot with features such as lane-keeping, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, highway pilot, traffic Jam pilot, auto lane change and more.
NIO Pilot sensor suite consists of a trifocal forward camera, 5 radars, 12 ultrasonic sensors, and a driver monitor camera.
NIO was the first automaker to launch a car model utilizing Mobileye's EyeQ4 vision chip.
In November 2019, NIO announced a partnership with Mobileye to develop a consumer car equipped with Mobileye's complete Level 4 self driving system that could be sold to consumers by 2022.