(Source: CnEVPost)

Chinese electric vehicle company unveiled its Power North plan to enhance the charging experience for customers in northern China at the Shanghai auto show starting Monday and brought its ET7 sedan to the show for the first time.

The Power North program is an infrastructure plan and charging incentives for eight provinces in northern China, including Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Inner Mongolia, Gansu, Qinghai, Ningxia, and Xinjiang.

The company says it plans to have 100 battery swap stations, 120 mobile charging vehicles, 500 supercharging stations, over 2,000 supercharging piles, and over 10,000 destination charging piles in the eight provinces within the next three years.

By then, there will be a battery swap station or super-charging station for every 100 kilometers on average on the highways in these areas, quality charging facilities for every 3 square kilometers in urban areas on average, and 95% coverage of charging resources in scenic spots above 4A level, William Li, founder, chairman and CEO of NIO, said in a release at the Shanghai auto show.

NIO said it hopes to enhance the replenishment experience for electric vehicle users in these areas by vigorously deploying charging infrastructure, including battery swap stations, supercharging stations, destination charging stations, and mobile charging vehicles, and by using third-party facilities.

Li said that from July 1, 2021, to December 31, 2024, all NIO vehicles in these eight regions will receive 1,000 kWh of free charging for the year using NIO's public charging posts, with service fees still waived after 1,000 kWh.

ET7 sedan debuts at auto show

At the NIO Day event on January 9, NIO unveiled the ET7, the company's first sedan. However, NIO did not open the interior of the model to the media at that time, and only released a few official pictures on its website.

The ET7 made its debut at the Shanghai Auto Show, which started on Monday, and the media had a chance to see the interior of the model up close.

Compared with the three SUV models on sale, the ET7 has a more innovative interior layout.

New materials are used in many places inside the vehicle, with Microfiber microfiber headliner, Nappa leather, and Karuun renewable rattan wood used in 14 places as standard across the lineup.

The vehicle comes standard with a 10.2-inch HDR instrument screen and a 12.8-inch AMOLED center screen with the narrowest bezel of 5.5 mm and a resolution of 1728*1888.

The vehicle is also equipped with HUD function as standard, and the rear row will also be equipped with a multi-function control screen, which can realize multi-screen interaction.

NIO ET7 front and rear rows also use hidden intelligent air vents, according to the scene, accurate control of wind direction and wind volume.