Nio car falls from third-floor parking lot in Shanghai, two killed

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

The incident happened around 5:20 p.m. in Beijing 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 conjunction with the public security service.

Nio laid out these details in a post on the Chinese Twitter-like service Weibo, which was taken down just minutes after it was posted. The Weibo post was shared to CNBC by one of Nio’s public relations staff. The company then posted a new statement on Weibo that was very similar to the first.

The company said after an on-site analysis it can be provisionally confirmed that the accident has nothing to do with the vehicle itself. In the new Weibo post, the company emphasized that the incident was an “accident” not caused by any problems with the vehicle.

Nio did not respond to a request for more details about the incident or why the first tweet was deleted when CNBC reached out to him.

Videos circulating online show medical personnel trying to rescue the two passengers in the car.

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

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

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