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Bloomberg - “Chinese Electric-Car Startup NIO Undercuts Tesla With Debut Model”

“Founded in 2014 by Li and a group of internet entrepreneurs, NIO is also backed by investors including Baillie Gifford & Co., the second-biggest institutional investor in Tesla Inc., Lone Pine Capital LLC, CITIC Capital Holdings Ltd. and China Asset Management Co.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2017-12-17/chinese-electric-car-startup-nio-prices-debut-model-at-67-783?__twitter_impression=true
 

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Battery swap can only work if you standardize batteries and mounting system.
While I don't agree that you require standardisation to lead markets (Tesla Superchargers for example) I have no reason to believe that China will not adopt a standardised battery format if that proves useful to them. I have no doubt the "Made In China 2025" industrial policy (here) will ensure that it becomes the largest electric car market and the rest of the world will follow many of the standards set there.... the new Tesla charging connector is a good example (here).
 

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