In response to the fierce competition in the automotive market, NIO’s sub-brand, Alps, will introduce a single-motor electric vehicle model

NIO's sub-brand, Alps, will introduce a single-motor electric vehicle model in response to fierce competition in the automotive market

【Phoneauto News】In order to strengthen its presence in the mid-range market, NIO previously stated that it will launch a lower-positioned sub-brand called “Alps”. Recently, there have been reports that, in response to the increasingly fierce competition in the domestic new energy vehicle market, NIO may introduce an entry-level model priced at around 200,000 yuan.

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According to reports, NIO will introduce a single motor solution on the first model of the Alps, which was recently approved. Alps is one of NIO’s sub-brands, focusing on the 200,000-300,000 yuan market segment and serving as the main force for NIO to enter the mass market. The addition of a single motor solution will significantly enhance the strategic flexibility of this brand. According to Li Bin’s statement at the Q1 earnings conference, the Alps is expected to be delivered in the second half of 2024.

It is understood that the first model of the Alps will be a sedan. Insiders revealed that the single motor mounted on the new car will use NIO’s self-developed and self-produced next-generation motor, mainly for size and cost optimization. In addition to the single motor, NIO’s next-generation technology platform NT3 will also make its debut on this new Alps model. NT3 will adopt an 800V high-voltage architecture to further improve the experience of battery swapping and ultra-fast charging. As for the battery capacity, the first model of the Alps has planned two versions: approximately 60 kWh and 90 kWh. The new battery pack size will be compatible with the existing third-generation battery swapping stations, but will be thinner, allowing for more space in the vehicle cabin.

Currently, NIO, positioned as a luxury brand, equips all its models with front and rear dual motors to provide stronger performance. However, according to information obtained by 36Kr from insiders, the single motor solution has not been approved internally by NIO, even in the Alps brand. However, due to the difficulty in lowering the price of the dual motor version, it is at a disadvantage in the current market competition, which may be the main reason why NIO decided to change the previous plan.

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