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Nio Plans Mobile EV Battery Charging Service

Shanghai-based electric vehicle startup Nio Inc. is introducing a service for owners of electric cars that will pick up their vehicle, take it away to be charged and return it.
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Shanghai-based electric vehicle startup Nio Inc. is introducing a service for owners of electric cars that will pick up their vehicle, take it away to be charged and return it.

Customers will use China’s popular WeChat messaging smartphone app enter their vehicle’s location, China’s Xinhua News says.

The Nio Charging service will pick up the vehicle and return it to the same location a few hours later, fully charged, for 280 yuan ($42) per service call.

Nio CEO William Li tells reporters at the Shanghai auto show the service aims to ease “charging anxiety” among Chinese car owners throughout the country. He did not indicate when Nio Charging will launch or how many vehicles he predicts it will serve.

EV sales are booming, thanks to hefty government incentives. But China, like other expanding markets for electric vehicles, is scrambling to build a network of high-speed charging facilities to support them.

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