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NextEV debuts NIO EP9 in London, will it be your next EV?

by Melanie Xing   2016-11-23

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Chinese electric vehicle start-up NextEV unveiled its new brand NIO and the first product – the NIO EP9 electric supercar at the trendy Saatchi Gallery in London on November 21, aiming to challenge super cars such as the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918.

The NIO EP9 is equipped with four high performance inboard motors and four individual gearboxes, delivering 1 MW of power equivalent to 1,360 PS. It accelerates from 0-200 km/h in 7.1 s and has a top speed of about 313 km/h. The battery takes 45 minutes to recharge and has a range of about 427 km.

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 240 km/h.

And it set a lap record at the famous Nürburgring Nordschliefe in Germany of 7 m 5.12 s on October 12, which makes it the fastest electric car in the world. In addition, on November 4, 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.

“Our visionary electric brand will help users rediscover the ‘joyful lifestyle’ with a superior performance. We are the first electric car with proven track racing performance, but it is built with the look of a luxury car. Therefore we are bridging the gap between performance car and cars in everyday life,” said David Hilton, Senior Design Director of NextEV.

The EP9 features a visionary integrated e-control structure and sensor system layout, which could fit the latest autonomous driving technology. Additionally, it utilizes our intelligent, user-friendly interactional design concept, which provides a joyful experience for users with digital interaction and instant sharing.

NextEV was founded in 2014 in Shanghai and has operations in six locations in Europe, Asia and the U.S. with a work force of around 4,000 employees all over the world. On its website, NextEV says, “NextEV is founded by world-class Internet and technology leaders who have invested hundreds of millions of US dollars and bring with them an unrivaled portfolio of industry experiences.

“We’re more than just an auto maker,” said William Li, NextEV Founder and Chairman, “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.”

There will be six cars in the first batch, of which three have already been built with a production cost of $1.2 million. And the investors of NextEV – Richard (Qiangdong) Liu, chairman and CEO of JD.com, Lei Jun, CEO of Xiao Mi and Li Xiang, founder of autohome.com and EV startup CHJ Automotive, as well as William Li – will be the owner of these 6 cars.

So even if you have the money, it won’t be your next EV. But don’t worry, NextEV has signed agreements with automaker JAC to produce mass market EVs and they could be on sale in China by 2018.

 
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