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Government promotes battery swap as alternative to charging

Automatic battery replacement for EVs is already functioning quite well in everyday life in China. For example, NIO: The cars drive themselves into a kind of garage. There, robots open the battery compartment from below, remove the discharged unit and insert a full battery. The process takes just eight minutes, no longer than it used to take to fill up at the gas station. Passengers can stay in the car while the battery is being swapped – this is an improvement on the first prototypes.

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