|Nio is at the forefront of China's homegrown drive to dominate the electric vehicle industry. It has staked a lot on interchangeable batteries in its cars as a way to overcome customer concerns about frequent charging. Two people inside the vehicle died in the incident. (Photo by= Weibo)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] Chinese electric carmaker Nio says that two people were killed when one of its vehicles fell from the third floor of its headquarters in Shanghai. One member of staff and a person from a partner company died in the crash, BBC reported.
The incident took place on Wednesday at about 17:20 local time, the firm said. The people who died were inside the vehicle as it fell from the building. Nio says it immediately started an investigation into the incident in cooperation with government officials. The third-story area from where the car fell has been variously described as a showroom, a testing facility, or a car park. "Our company has collaborated with public security department to launch the investigation and analysis of the cause of the accident. Based on the analysis of the situation at the scene, we can initially confirm that this was an accident (not caused by the vehicle)," the company said in a statement.
Nio's initial statement on Weibo attracted more than 1,000 comments within half an hour but was then taken down. The last sentence of the statement "not related to the vehicle itself" triggered many angry responses from social media users. Meanwhile, Nio is at the forefront of China's homegrown drive to dominate the electric vehicle industry.