SHANGHAI -- Chinese electric-car maker Nio plans to open its first overseas plant in September to make power products for the European market as it accelerates expansion abroad.
The plant, in Pest, Hungary, will develop and manufacture power products such as battery-swapping stations to serve European users, Nio said in a statement on Friday.
Nio will speed up construction of battery swapping stations in Europe with a view to expanding sales of its cars in countries including Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark in the second half.
The company is also partnering with oil giant Shell to build battery swapping stations globally, starting with China and Europe this year, according to a Nio statement on Monday. Shell will open its charging network in Europe to Nio users, it added.
Nio started shipping its ES8 flagship SUV to Norway in 2021 and has opened a showroom in Oslo.
The company has been touting its aftersales services with city-center showrooms and battery service networks as important competitive advantages.