Two dead as Nio electric car crashes from Shanghai parking lot

A shocking accident has claimed two lives after an electric vehicle plunged three floors from a multi-storey car park in China.

Two people have died in a sickening accident in China after an electric vehicle fell three floors from a parking lot in Shanghai.

On Thursday, electric vehicle company Nio confirmed through Chinese social media giant Weibo that an employee and an employee of a partner company were killed in the incident, which took place at the Shanghai Innovation Park, where the company is based.

Both persons were in the test vehicle at the time of the crash and could not be rescued.

“After the incident, we immediately started working with the public security service to find the cause of the accident,” Nio said in a statement.

It added that the company was “very sad” about the tragedy and that it helped the families of the victims, but that “according to analysis of the situation on the ground, we can tentatively confirm that it is an accident (not due to vehicle-related reasons).

The company is currently assisting the police in investigating the accident.

Meanwhile, the incident has gone viral in China, with Nio’s post drawing tens of millions of views, while other videos are circulating online showing frantic rescue efforts to rescue workers from the wreckage.

BBC News’ China correspondent Stephen McDonnell shared a video of the wrecked vehicle, saying it “somehow rammed out of a building and fell from a great height”.

Founded in 2014 by entrepreneur William Li, Nio has grown into a successful electric vehicle start-up with offices in Shanghai, London and Silicon Valley in the US.

It is not the first tragedy to hit the company, however, with a Chinese man who died in a Nio vehicle after switching to the semi-autonomous Navigate on Pilot driving function in 2021.

Originally published as Nio electric car crashes from third floor parking lot, claims two lives