NIO: Developing a Business Model in China
By 2018, NIO Inc. was more than just a car company. By providing high-performance smart electric vehicles and the ultimate user experience, NIO had shown its commitment to creating a pleasant lifestyle for its users and creating a worldwide "user brand." Based on mobile Internet thinking, NIO created its own unique business model with the user experience at its core. Unlike Tesla Inc., NIO took only four years from its inception to its launch, while Tesla spent about seven years to achieve this. While NIO and Tesla were often equated, NIO's founder, Ben Li, specifically differentiated NIO from Tesla with his powerful statement that "becoming the world's most user-satisfied company is more important than revenue." To achieve this great value proposal, NIO had to develop its own business model. Xiangyang Ma is affiliated with Tianjin University.