NIO Signs ES8 Electric SUV-Related Deal With Supplier Continental

3 months ago by Eric Loveday 2

NIO ES8 EV SUV

NIO ES8 EV SUV

A couple of months ago, NIO unveiled its rakish ES8 electric SUV concept. Now we learn supply deals are being signed to bring the SUV to production.

The all-new, full-size electric SUV, the NIO ES8, which is surprisingly already scheduled for production later this year, 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. No range figures or battery capacity numbers have been released at this point in time.

However, we do know Continental will be a major supplier for the vehicle. From the press release:

“Continental to supply vehicle technology to NIO’s ES8 electric SUV.”

Nio ES8

NIO ES8

Which leads us to the question of what vehicle technology will Continental supply? The answer is:

“Under the agreement, Continental and NIO will further collaborate on NIO new car platforms. In a first step, Continental will supply vehicle technology such as air suspension systems and tires to NIO’s ES8 electric SUV.”

There’s more to the agreement than just suspension systems and tires though. You can find out more in the press blast below:

Continental and NIO Sign Strategic Cooperation Agreement in the Field of Electric Vehicles

Collaboration agreed in the areas of fully electric vehicles, intelligent transportation systems and automated driving
Continental to supply vehicle technology to NIO’s ES8 electric SUV
Continental CEO Dr. Degenhart: “Together we will further advance the development of electric vehicles”
Founder and chairman of NIO William Li: “We are excited to be partnering with Continental on a number of projects to deliver unique services and experiences to our users”

Berlin, Germany, May 31, 2017. The technology company Continental has signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement with NIO, a global electric vehicle startup. The two companies will collaborate closely in the field of fully electric vehicles and other relevant fields, including intelligent transportation systems and automated driving, striving to build a stable partnership on a long-term basis. Under the agreement, Continental and NIO will further collaborate on NIO new car platforms. In a first step, Continental will supply vehicle technology such as air suspension systems and tires to NIO’s ES8 electric SUV. Frank Jourdan, Member of the Executive Board of Continental and President of the Chassis & Safety Division, and William Li, founder and chairman of NIO, signed the agreement this Wednesday in Berlin.

Frank Jourdan, Member of the Executive Board of Continental and President of the Chassis & Safety Division, and William Li, founder and chairman of NIO, signed the agreement this Wednesday in Berlin.

“Cars of the future will feature electric drives, which will be fully connected and automated. In 2025, we expect a market share for fully electric drive systems of around 10 percent. Continental is well positioned to successfully meet these future demands on automotive drive systems. Already today, China is one of the leading markets for electric vehicles. Our collaboration with NIO will contribute to further advance the development of electric vehicles and the Chinese electric vehicle market”, said Continental Chairman of the Executive Board Dr. Elmar Degenhart.

“We are excited to be partnering with Continental on a number of projects, including automated driving, charging, and battery technology, to deliver unique services and experiences to our users,” commented William Li, founder and chairman of NIO.

Continental and NIO plan to establish a timely information-sharing mechanism with different levels of communication channels, and regularly carry out technical exchanges to jointly define leading process and quality standards. Furthermore, both sides agreed to establish cooperation platforms in the areas of brand promotion, product marketing, technology promotion, quality training, customer service and talent training. An action plan and a strategic alliance will be further discussed and developed.

Frank Jourdan, Member of the Executive Board of Continental and President of the Chassis & Safety Division, and William Li, founder and chairman of NIO, after signing the agreement this Wednesday in Berlin.
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NIO and Continental have been cooperating in a number of areas ever since NIO was established in 2014. Continental’s innovative products and services will be used in NIO’s first mass production car, the ES8, which will be launched on the market in 2018. Under the agreement, Continental and NIO will further collaborate on NIO new car platforms. This includes vehicle technologies such as wireless charging, automated driving, digital cockpit, next-generation brake systems and air suspension systems.

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2 responses to "NIO Signs ES8 Electric SUV-Related Deal With Supplier Continental"

  1. Rich says:

    Good looking vehicle. Bring it to market this year!
    At only 2″ shorter in length than the Model X, it should be a decent sized vehicle. The overall height looks low. Any info on the overall dimensions? L = 196″ Does anyone know width and height?

    1. Jake Brake says:

      Its basically a better looking model x with working doors, nicer interior, better infotainment and built for the chinese market. Looks to be around the size of a land rover.

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