Nio is a global startup, designing and developing smart, high performance, premium electric vehicles. Nio has thousands of world class R&D and design experts from around the world with significant technology and management background from leading automobile and high tech companies. Nio has more than 2,000 employees in San Jose, Shanghai, Munich, London and eight other locations.
In October, Nio USA announced that it was issued an Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit by the California DMV and it would begin testing on public roads under the Autonomous Vehicle Tester Program guidelines as it progresses on its path to bring autonomy to market. Investors include Tencent, Temasek, Baidu Capital, Sequoia Capital, Lenovo, TPG and other world renowned investment institutions.
Nio has announced that they will begin taking pre-orders for their flagship supercar, the Nio EP9. The company also unveiled the ES8, their new vehicle for the China market planned for serial production later this year.
The Nio EP9 Supercar, the fastest electric car in the world
Nio’s big announcement is that 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 dollars.
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.
The Nio ES8
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 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,“We [have] 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.”