China’s Xpeng Motors and Nio are cooperating to provide their customers with access to each other’s public charging infrastructure. Both carmakers operate their own DC stations in China. Nio will also offer Xpeng customers the installation of home chargers.
Xpeng owners will now be able to charge at Nio Power charging stations via the manufacturer’s app (RFID cards are unusual in China). Conversely, Nio drivers have access to the Xpeng stations in “many Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities” – but the companies have not provided any information on the exact conditions of the roaming offer. The gain for Nio customers seems manageable: Xpeng itself currently operates only 80 fast-chargers in 18 cities. Nio does not provide any information on the size of its charging network on its website.
“As frontrunners in the smart electric vehicle manufacturing and services, Xpeng and NIO will continue to explore more efficient ways to optimise our customer experience,” said Xiao Bin, senior vice president at Xpeng Motors.
Earlier this year, Xpeng partnered with TELD, the operator of China’s largest store network. TELD has 50,000 charging stations in 183 cities. Customers can access a total of 100,000 charging stations with the Xpeng app.
However, Xpeng customers do not have access to the battery exchange stations Nio has built along the G2 motorway between Beijing and Shanghai. To do this, the battery and vehicle must be prepared, so far the system is only compatible with the Nio ES8.