Chinese EV maker Nio seeks cash injection by listing on New York Stock Exchange

by Jimi Beckwith, Autocar UK 14 Aug 2018

Deliveries of the ES8 SUV began in June. Nio claims it has 17,000 bookings for the ES8.

Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer Nio will float on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in a bid to raise new funding from the sale of shares. 

The brand, formerly known as NextEV and closely associated with the Formula E team sharing this name, will use the funds to ramp up its model range, adding a second SUV, the ES6, which is due the first half next year, and then a saloon due in 2020. 

Nio's product portfolio currently includes only the EP9 hypercar and the ES8 SUV. It has no plans to sell mass-market cars outside of China, but it does plan to launch one car per year. 

Deliveries of the ES8 began in June, and as of the end of July, 481 cars had been delivered. Nio claims to have more than 17,000 reservations for the ES8 in total. 

In the NYSE filing, Nio, with whom India’s Tata Technologies is the engineering partner since 2015, lauded its charging facilities, including a battery swap scheme, mobile charging truck service and pick-up and drop-off charging service. 

The company posted net losses of £393 million across the first half of 2018, with sales revenues of £5.4m across the same period. Nio chiefs hope the figures will even out as it delivers more ES8s to customers, although rival electric brand Tesla has proven that achieving this is easier said than done. 

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