Nio & Hyper: China Charging Network Expansion by May


Nio and Hyper, the premium sub-brand of GAC Aion, are set to interconnect their respective charging networks by the end of May in China. Nio, a leading electric vehicle (EV) maker, boasts one of the largest charging and battery swap networks in the country, with thousands of supercharging stations, charging piles, and destination charging stations. On the other hand, Hyper currently has 1,200 supercharging stations offering thousands of chargers. This collaboration is part of Nio’s strategic partnership with GAC Group to enhance the charging experience for EV users.

Why does it matter?

The interconnection of Nio and Hyper’s charging networks will significantly benefit EV users by making charging more convenient and efficient. With over 20,000 charging piles, Nio already leads as the automotive brand with the most chargers in China. This partnership will not only enhance the overall charging infrastructure but also pave the way for a seamless user experience in finding, navigating, and paying for charging sessions through the brands’ apps and power maps.

Prior to Hyper, other notable companies like SAIC Motor, Jiyue, Geely Automobile Holdings, and Deepal have gained access to Nio’s robust charging network. By collaborating directly with Nio, these companies can improve the charging experience for their EV customers, including integrating Nio’s charging facilities on in-vehicle screens and enabling contactless payments. The partnership between Nio and GAC highlights the industry’s move towards standardizing battery swaps and enhancing dynamic data interconnectivity for a more streamlined charging process.

How is it going to shape the future?

The collaboration between Nio and Hyper signals a significant milestone in the expansion and enhancement of China’s EV charging network. By interconnecting their vast charging infrastructure, both companies aim to set a new standard for user convenience and accessibility in the EV market. The unified battery standard established through this partnership will not only benefit Nio and Hyper users but also pave the way for future collaborations in developing battery swap-enabled vehicles and swap stations compatible across brands.

As the automotive industry continues to embrace the electrification trend, partnerships like the one between Nio and Hyper underscore the importance of building a cohesive and interconnected charging ecosystem. This move towards standardization and collaboration is a positive step towards advancing EV adoption and infrastructure development, ultimately shaping a more sustainable and user-friendly future for electric vehicle users in China and beyond.