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NIO Seeks Solution with Hungarian University to Battery Management Problems

MTI-Hungary Today 2024.05.09.

A meeting was held between Széchenyi István University in Győr (northwestern Hungary), NIO’s European subsidiary, a pioneer company in the Chinese electric vehicle industry, and HUMDA Hungarian Mobility Development Agency Zrt., part of the Széchenyi University Group. The parties agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding, the Ministry for National Economy announced.

Márton Nagy, Minister for National Economy, said at the meeting held at the ministry that a new industrial revolution is taking place in the world today, which is clearly about the green transition and is also renewing mobility. The energy development taking place globally and in Hungary is proceeding at a rapid pace, he stressed. Moreover, he pointed out, in transport, it is no longer just a question of a green future, but rather of a “green present.”

The Minister believes that Hungary has taken steps in this area at the right time.

The Competitiveness Strategy 2024, published in April, also puts a strong emphasis on the automotive industry based on innovative solutions and its growth potential.

Today’s strategic consultation is another step in this process, he noted.

The Minister added that Hungary seeks cooperation and partnership based on mutual respect with everyone, and this is no different in the case of China and Chinese enterprises. Hungary’s aim is to further strengthen its role as an economic meeting point, i.e. to bring together Eastern and Western capital and high-tech in Hungary.

NIO places great emphasis on the forward-looking R&D of core technologies such as its unique battery replacement technology.

Under this project, the owner can replace a discharged battery with a new one in just three minutes, and the returned battery will be recharged at the station.

László Palkovics, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Széchenyi István University Foundation, stressed that the university, HUMDA, and NIO intend to create a comprehensive strategic partnership in the field of innovation by using their own strengths.

The results of this cooperation could contribute to the green transformation of the automotive and energy industries, sustainable development, and the energy transition.

A specific objective is to develop battery management and diagnostics based on the experience of an innovative battery-swapping station in Hungary. He added that action must be taken now to achieve the country’s emission reduction targets to be net climate neutral by 2050, with the mobility sector being one of the most important areas.

Ferenc Friedler, the Rector of Széchenyi István University, emphasized that the common goal of the cooperation between the university and the market sector is to encourage university students to gain practical experience and knowledge of the Chinese electricity industry. This will be achieved through workshops and on-site discussions with European and Chinese experts from NIO. “In addition to the university professional training, we plan to join European and Hungarian R&D programs, including the Horizon Europe program, by submitting joint proposals,” the press release cited the Rector as saying.

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Via MTI, Featured image: X/NIO

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