Two people died after a Nio electric car they tested drove three floors, according to Nio’s statement.
The company did not specify in its statement what caused the accident.
Social media users in China said that Nio had a responsibility to ensure that the test drive was safe.
Two people died after an electric car made by Tesla’s Chinese rival, Nio, fell three floors in Shanghai on Wednesday afternoon, according to the company’s statement on China’s Twitter-like platform, Weibo.
The two people test-drove one of Nio’s cars at the headquarters in Shanghai when the incident happened, according to the statement. One of the people was a Nio employee, while the other worked for a supplier.
Photos shared on social media and published in Chinese media appear to show chaos at the crash site.
In one of the photos, it appears that rescue workers surround a gray car lying on the side, according to a tweet from the Chinese news website for electric vehicles. CnEVPost. Broken glass and debris can be seen around the vehicle.
“Based on the analysis of the situation at the site, it can be provisionally confirmed that it was an accident and not related to the vehicle itself,” Nio wrote in the Weibo statement. The investigation is ongoing, it added.
The company did not specify in its statement what caused the accident. Various media reports described the floor from which the car fell as a test drive area, a parking lot or a showroom. Nine did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
The car involved in Wednesday’s incident appeared to be a model ET5, which has self-driving technology, according to the South China Morning Post (SCMP).
Another Nio vehicle was involved in a fatal accident last year. A Chinese businessman died in August after his Nio ES8, which had its self-driving system activated, reared another vehicle on a highway in Fujian province, according to the SCMP.
Founded in 2014, Nio markets itself as a premium car brand focusing on autonomous cars. It is often seen as a rival to Tesla. Nine are listed in New York, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Several Weibo users asked questions about Nio’s handling of Wednesday’s incident.
Zhongcao Daren Zhuge, a Weibo influencer with 5.1 million followers, said on Friday that Nio was responsible for ensuring that the environment was safe for the test drive. “Why was the car not tested in a designated area? Why were there no railings and protection facilities? Did employees receive safety training?” he wrote in a Weibo post.
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