Move over Rimac Concept_One, as NextEV launched its all-new electric car brand NIO, headlined by the EP9 - a two seat fully-electric supercar that tops out at 194 mph (313 kph) from the Saatchi Gallery in London today.
The limited edition NIO EP9 is to be the first product of the NIO brand.
NextEV Launches NIO Brand and World’s Fastest Electric Car
With 1MW (1,360hp) worth of power, the NIO EP9 has beaten the fastest Nürburgring Nordschliefe EV lap time, achieving a time of 7 mins 5.12s (see video from track below).
In total, four electric motors combine for the 1 MW output, yet the whole EV weighs in at just 1,735 kg (3,825 lbs), which as one might expect, means great performance.
0-200 kph (124 mph) in 7.1 seconds and a top speed of 313 kph (195 mph). 1/4 mile comes up in 10.1 seconds @ 154.7 mph.
The all-electric range isn't too bad either, stated by the company at 427 km (265 miles), but we should note that both the test cycle and battery capacity remains unknown, so we can't napkin-back math the numbers to see how close to 'real world' they might be.
NextEV states the batteries can be recharged in 45 minutes or swapped with new ones (which would be a handy option at race events).
Of note: More videos, galleries and NextEV press release on the NIO EP9 below
Quick specs on the NIO EP9:
- two-seater fully-electric supercar
- 1 MW peak power delivery at wheel / 1,360 PS equivalent with AWD with 4 x inboard motors, 4 individual gear boxes and torque vectoring
- Max speed, gear limited 313 kph (195 mph)
- 0-100 kph 2.7 seconds
- 0-200 kph 7.1 seconds
- 0-300 kph 15.9 seconds
- 427 km (265 miles) range using 2 lithium batteries, indirectly water cooled
- 45 minutes Battery charge time (battery changeable)
- 1735 kg total weight, Batteries = 635 kg (both), All carbon content = 364 kg
- Dimensions: 4888 x 2230 x 1150 mm
- Quarter mile time 10.1 seconds/249 kph
Next EV press on the NIO EP9:
"Today, at a launch event at the Saatchi Gallery in London, UK, electric car company NextEV unveiled its brand, NIO. This visionary electric car brand will help users rediscover the ‘joyful lifestyle’ of car ownership by creating inspiring vehicles that deliver superior performance, a new benchmark for aesthetic design and unique user experiences.
Additionally, the company unveiled its electric supercar, the NIO EP9, which has achieved a new lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschliefe. On October 12th 2016, the EP9 lapped the 20.8km ‘Green Hell’ in 7m 05.12s, beating the previous EV lap record held, marking it out as the fastest electric car in the world. Additionally, on November 4th, it smashed the EV record at Circuit Paul Ricard in France, recording a time of 1m 52.78s, eclipsing the previous record of 2m 40s.
With four high-performance inboard motors and four individual gearboxes,the EP9 delivers 1-MegaWatt of power, equivalent to 1,360PS. The EP9 accelerates from 0-200kph in 7.1 seconds and has a top speed of 313kph. With an interchangeable battery system, the EP9 is designed to be charged in 45 minutes and has a range of 427 kilometres.
The carbon cockpit and chassis embodies a new approach to performance vehicle design to handle the physical demands of a car with 3G cornering capabilities, with added structural solidity and aero efficiency. The EP9 is capable of achieving 24,000 Newtons of downforce at 240kph."
NextEV Founder and Chairman, William Li, said:
“Today we launched our electric supercar that broke the record at the Nordschliefe. The NIO EP9 was born to push limits and is the first stage of automotive production for NIO. It is a statement of our vision and technical and manufacturing capabilities. It is a best-in-class product that showcases what is possible with electric vehicles. We believe that when the car ownership experience exceeds expectations, electric vehicles will become the natural choice for everyone, leading to a more sustainable tomorrow. And with that, our vision of a blue sky will come true.”