Technology · June 24, 2022

Auto Nio crashes from third floor parking lot in Shanghai, killing two

Employees stand next to an ET7 sedan at a NIO Inc. dealership in Shanghai, China, on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.

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A test car from Chinese electric vehicle start-up Nio fell from a parking lot on the third floor of a building in Shanghai, killing two people, the company said in a Weibo post on Thursday.

The incident happened around 5:20 p.m. Beijing time on Wednesday. An employee of the company and an employee of a partner died.

Nio said it immediately launched an investigation into the accident in cooperation with the public security department.

Nio laid out those details in a post on China’s Twitter-like service Weibo, which was deleted just minutes after it was published. The Weibo post was shared with CNBC by one of Nio’s public relations officers. The company then released a new statement on Weibo that was very similar to the original one.

The company said after an on-site analysis, it can tentatively confirm that the accident was unrelated to the vehicle itself. In the new Weibo post, the company emphasized that the incident was an “accident” and was not caused by problems with the vehicle.

When contacted by CNBC, Nio did not respond to a request for more details about the incident or why the original tweet was deleted.

Videos circulating online show medical personnel attempting to rescue the two occupants of the car.

Nio said it set up a special team to help the families of the deceased deal with the aftermath.

Last year, a man died in a Nio ES8 while using the car’s semi-autonomous driving features known as Navigate on Pilot.