NIO enjoys being back in its home market by attending the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition (SIAIE for short?), and presenting its whole family of all-electric vehicles.
The star of the show is an all-new, full-size electric SUV, the NIO ES8, which is surprisingly already scheduled for production later this year and sales to being from 2018 in China.
According to NIO, the ES8 is a 7-seat (2-3-2) utility vehicle with double-motor all-wheel drive abilities, an aluminium body and chassis, and active air suspension. All very premium features for its domestic market.
Unfortunately, we can spot no battery or range spec at this point, which is a little odd considering how close to market the vehicle reportedly is.
Nonetheless, PR to follow:
"NIO’s new production vehicle for the China market is called NIO ES8. The NIO ES8 is a full size 7 seater electric SUV with a 2-3-2 seating arrangement. The length of the vehicle is over 196 inches long and the wheelbase is over 118 inches long.
The ES8 has an all-aluminium body and chassis, front and rear motors with electric all-wheel drive, and active air suspension. The ES8 features the “design identity” of every NIO vehicle: the X-bar and signature “Spark Beat” tail lights. The vehicle’s swappable battery will provide a charging experience that surpasses refuelling at gas stations. The manufacturing and supply chain that will produce the ES8 is already in place.
The NIO ES8, has been tested for thousands miles. The vehicle has been tested in Yakeshi in Inner Mongolia, where temperatures can reach -22 degrees Fahrenheit as well as Melbourne and Madura, Australia where temperatures can reach over 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
The ES8’s official launch will take place at the end of this year, with deliveries expected to begin next year. NIO Founder and Chairman, William Li, said:
“Today we unveiled our new production vehicle, the NIO ES8 to the China market. It is another statement of our vision and technical and manufacturing capabilities. It is a best-in-class product that showcases what is possible with electric vehicles. I am proud of our relentless focus on vision and action. From track to road, NIO continues to achieve major milestones every year.”"
Separately NIO brought to Shanghai ten other EVs to show off in person:
- two Formula E racers,
- its EVE concept,
- seven NIO EP9
In total, NIO has produced six EP9 flagship supercars, which are presented together with its record-breaking prototype. The first batch is now destined to deep-pocketed investors in the company, while the second production run will be available for sale ($1.48 millon per piece).
"NIO also announced it will begin pre-selling the fastest electric car in the world, its flagship supercar, the NIO EP9. The first batch of six EP9s produced were for investors. NIO plans to produce a second batch of ten EP9s, and each one will be made to order. The NIO EP9 is priced at 1.48 million USD.
In November 2016, NIO unveiled the fastest electric car in the world, the EP9 by setting the track record on the Nubrurgring Nordschielfe. In February 2017, they also set the record for fastest autonomous lap with the EP9 at the Circuit of the Americas."