Nio’s Battery Swapping Versus Tesla’s Charging Station, Which Is Better?

If Nio can improve the range of Nio cars’ batteries by a lot, then Nio’s battery swapping stations will make Nio cars the king of electric vehicle market! Right now, Nio plans to install more battery swapping stations across China! This means more Chinese Nio car owners will not have to wait for their cars to be charged up because battery swapping takes only around three to four minutes of wait time. Check out the video right after the break to see Nio’s battery swapping in action.

So, if Nio cars can run on a longer range battery, Nio car owners don’t have to visit battery swapping station that often. With less Nio cars to have battery swapped out in Nio’s battery swapping station, the less crowded the battery swapping station can be — meaning the atmosphere can be more relaxing and friendly!

This is why I think as long Nio can improve the battery range of Nio cars, the better prospect of a battery swapping station as the default mode for getting an EV onto the road could become. I think at the moment, battery swapping station is already superior to any charging station out there. This is why I think Tesla has got to watch out for Nio because Nio could make Tesla’s charging station a big negative for upcoming EV owners in China.

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LCD Displays Are Now Can Be Used To Charge And Recycle Energy For Plethora Of Compatible Devices

NPR has a piece on professor Yang Yang of UCLA, lead researcher in charging devices with LCD displays, and his team of researchers claim that they have discovered a way to allow LCD displays to recycle energy and recharge devices using solar power at the same time.  Don’t underestimate this technology, because any device with LCD display can be recharged by using solar power.  Furthermore, this same technology allows devices to use solar power and other energy means more effectively since the LCD screen features a function which devices can recycle energy effectively, consequently leading to using less energy than ever before even though technically the devices can demand the same or even more energy as usual.  The challenges for profesor Yang Yang and his team of researchers are not to downgrade LCD image quality and how to bring their discovery to the market effectively so the mass can take advantages of this new discovery/technology.  Check out the link below to play the audio or read more about professor Yang Yang’s project.

http://www.npr.org/2011/08/21/139830561/solar-charging-phones-without-a-93-million-mile-cord