The Power North plan is an initiative announced by at the end of April to improve the electric vehicle experience for customers in northern China.

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NIO has made the latest progress under the Power North plan, an initiative announced at the Shanghai Auto Show in late April to improve the electric vehicle (EV) experience for customers in northern China.

The company announced today that as one of the key initiatives of Power North, it has opened its super-charging network in Inner Mongolia covering three major highways.

The 1,170.3-kilometer energy replenishment network covers the G6 Beijing-Lhasa Highway, the G7 Beijing-Urumqi Highway and the G65 Baotou-Maoming Highway, where NIO has set up 18 supercharging stations containing 72 supercharging piles.

On April 19, the first day of the Shanghai Auto Show, NIO unveiled its Power North plan to enhance the EV replenishment experience for customers in eight northern provinces of China.

The company said 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.

NIO said at the time that it wanted to enhance the replenishment experience for EV users in these areas by deploying charging infrastructure, including battery swap stations, supercharging stations, destination charging stations, mobile charging vehicles, and using third-party facilities.

On May 9, NIO put a second-generation battery swap station with a charging station into operation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwest China, marking the official implementation of the program.

On June 28, NIO's first second-generation NIO battery swap station in Inner Mongolia went into operation.

On July 1, NIO said that from July 1, 2021 to December 31, 2024, all NIO vehicles can enjoy 1,000 degrees of free charging credit in eight regions in northern China using NIO-branded public charging piles.

On July 15, NIO put five charging stations into operation in Inner Mongolia, including one supercharging station and four destination charging stations.

In addition to improving the energy replenishment network in Inner Mongolia, NIO also added a battery swap station in Hubei today, allowing its battery swap network to cover the Hubei section of the G70 Fuzhou-Yinchuan Highway.

As of December 16, NIO had 722 battery swap stations in China, an increase of three from yesterday. The company has 165 battery swap stations along highways, just four short of its goal of 169 by the end of January.

NIO added 19 supercharging stations today, bringing the total to 559, offering 3,118 charging piles, according to data monitored by CnEVPost.

To date, it also has 604 destination charging stations offering 3,348 charging piles and access to more than 430,000 third-party charging piles.

NIO's energy replenishment facility tracker