China’s Geely aims to set up 5,000 battery swapping stations for electric vehicles (EV) globally by 2025, as sales grow in the world’s biggest vehicle market, the automaker said in a statement on Sunday.
A battery swapping station allows drivers to change car batteries to power the rides. Chinese automaker Nio Inc plans to have 4,000 battery swapping stations globally by 2025.
China is promoting EV-related infrastructure facilities, including charging stations and battery swapping stations.
Earlier this month, Geely had hired Stefan Sielaff, the former design chief of British luxury brand Bentley, as China’s manufacturers increasingly turn to new styles to boost sales in the world’s biggest car market.
Sielaff, who also worked for Volkswagen AG and Daimler AG, will be based in Sweden’s Gothenburg and lead design the domestic Geely, Zeekr, Lynk & Co and Geometry brands, the company said in a statement.
He will not manage design for its Volvo and Polestar brands.
Chinese car companies historically rolled out models that looked similar to foreign brands. But as sales increased, many – including Geely, Great Wall and BYD – built up their own studios, usually led by international designers, to create fresh designs.