NIO Doubles Coverage of Advanced Driver Assistance System on Urban Roads in China
Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer NIO has achieved a significant milestone in its Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) capabilities on urban roads in China. NIO's Navigate on Pilot Plus (NOP+) urban road coverage has doubled, reaching an impressive 651,640 kilometers by the end of January. This marks a remarkable growth of 103.75% from the previous month.
Impressive Coverage Expansion
The NOP+ coverage expansion is particularly noteworthy, with a gain of 331,819 kilometers achieved in January alone. When considering highways and urban expressways, the total coverage extends to over 1 million kilometers. NIO has achieved impressive city-specific coverage as well, with NOP+ covering 99.2% of Shanghai's main roads and 93% of the entire road network. Other cities with high NIO vehicle ownership, including Beijing, Zhengzhou, Chengdu, and Suzhou, showcase ultra-high-density coverage.
Rapid Geographic Expansion
NIO's NOP+ has significantly expanded its geographic reach, covering a greater number of cities. In just one month, the number of cities covered by NOP+ increased from 208 to an impressive 606 by the end of January. Notably, NOP+ now encompasses all cities in China's 34 first-tier administrative regions, excluding Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.
Vehicle Deliveries and Market Performance
In January 2024, NIO delivered 10,055 electric vehicles, marking an 18.2% increase compared to the previous year. However, when compared month-on-month, there was a 44% decline, which aligns with market expectations. The cumulative deliveries reached an impressive 459,649 as of January 31, 2024. It is important to note that the impact of the Chinese New Year falling on February 10 created a temporary anomaly in year-on-year comparisons.
Breaking down the deliveries, 6,307 SUVs and 3,748 sedans were included in January's figures. The Nio ES6 SUV contributed 40% of sales, while the ET5 and its station wagon variant, ET5 Touring, accounted for nearly 30% of sales. NIO's battery swap alliance continues to expand, with notable members including Geely, Changan, JAC, and Chery.
Looking ahead, NIO has revealed its plans for 2024. While no new model launches are expected, annual updates for the existing lineup are anticipated. The highly anticipated executive sedan ET9 is set to launch in early 2025. Additionally, the entry-level Alps sub-brand is expected to be unveiled in March or April 2024, with deliveries scheduled for later in the year. NIO also aims to launch its second sub-brand, Firefly, focusing on small electric cars in 2025.
NIO's expanding sales team and the anticipated launch of the Alps sub-brand are expected to stimulate growth for the company. The pre-market trading reflects the positive market response, with NIO shares up by 2.67%.