According to Nio, a Chinese electric car manufacturer, two individuals died when one of its vehicles fell from the third storey of its Shanghai headquarters.
In the collision, two people from the company’s partner company and one employee perished.
According to the company, the event happened on Wednesday at about 17:20 local time. While the car was falling from the building, those who died were inside.
According to Nio, an investigation into the occurrence was launched right away in collaboration with government officials.
A showroom, a testing facility, or a parking lot have all been used to characterize the third-floor space where the automobile landed.
“In order to start the inquiry and analyze the reason of the accident, our organization worked with the public security department. We can first affirm that this was an accident (not caused by the car) based on the study of the circumstances at the site “In a statement, the company added.
“We are really saddened by this event and would like to send our sincere sympathies to our partner employee and colleague who perished. To assist the families, a team has been formed “It was added.
Within a half-hour, more than a thousand people commented on Nio’s initial Weibo post before it was removed.
Social media users reacted angrily to the final clause of the statement, “not related to the vehicle itself.”
One remark stated “One person said, “The last statement is so uncaring, it reflects the cold blood of capitalism. They [test drivers] came to test the car, but you claim that the car is not to blame for the accident.”
One more Weibo user commented, “Public security agency should confirm if it’s an accident or not.”
Since then, the automaker has produced a revised statement that still refers to the collision as an accident but now includes the phrase “not caused by the vehicle” in parentheses to, ostensibly, downplay that aspect of the sentence. Now, “RIP” appears in every remark on the new post.
The Chinese initiative to dominate the electric vehicle market is led by Nio. To allay customer concerns about frequent charging, it has placed a significant wager on removable batteries in its vehicles.
In allusion to its competition with the US-based electric car manufacturer owned by multi-billionaire Elon Musk, which has a significant manufacturing facility in Shanghai, the business has occasionally been referred to as China’s “Tesla killer.”