LeasePlan and NIO expand EV partnership to 4 new markets
LeasePlan, and NIO, a pioneer and leading company in the premium smart electric vehicle market, today announce the expansion of their strategic partnership to 4 additional European markets: Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden.
The partnership will see LeasePlan initially offering NIO’s flagship smart electric sedan, the NIO ET7, which has a WLTP range of up to 580 km with a 100 kWh battery. The offer will be combined with NIO’s unique Battery-as-a-Service solution, enabling drivers to easily swap and upgrade the battery powering their EV. The fully automatic battery swap service only takes a short coffee break to swap a fully charged battery.
Today’s announcement follows the successful launch to LeasePlan and NIO’s partnership in Norway, where the flagship ES8 SUV has been available to LeasePlan customers since September 2021. Going forward, LeasePlan will also be offering NIO’s entire range of next generation EVs, including the forthcoming ET5 and EL7.
Tex Gunning, CEO of LeasePlan, said:
“Chinese OEMs have arrived as a major force in the European EV market. European customers can now choose from an entire new range of innovative EVs, giving the traditional brands a run for their money. NIO’s next generation tech, including battery swapping, has eliminated range anxiety for drivers, making it possible for everyone to make the switch. That is why today we are delighted to be expanding our partnership with NIO. Together we can fight climate change and dramatically cut emissions from road transport.”
William Li, founder, chairman and CEO of NIO, said:
“We are excited to be working together with LeasePlan to deliver the next generation of smart electric vehicles to European drivers. Buying an EV is a big decision, and today more and more drivers would go with the option of car subscription, and we will go with this trend together with LeasePlan, exploring the EV market in Europe. We hope every driver can cut emissions and experience the latest smart electric vehicle technology.”
Users will be able to order their NIO ET7 either directly, through the LeasePlan and NIO websites, or physically at NIO House locations across Europe.
LeasePlan is aiming to achieve net zero tailpipe emissions from its total funded fleet by 2030. LeasePlan is also a founding partner of The Climate Group’s EV100 initiative, launched around the UN General Assembly in September 2017 to promote EV uptake among the world’s largest companies.