A new listing on China’s Ministry of Information and Technology suggests that the Nio ET7 has received production approval. Nio is likely to begin deliveries of its electric sedan on time.
The Nio ET7, the first Nio sedan, debuted at Nio Day 2020 in Chengdu, China in January 2021. Here are five important facts about the electric sedan:
Bigger than the Tesla Model S & Lucid Air
The Nio ET7 is widely seen as a rival to the Tesla Model S and the Lucid Air. It’s bigger than both of them, which should translate to a more spacious cabin especially for passengers in the rear seat.
Nio ET7 vs. Tesla Model S vs. Lucid Air
|Model/Dimension||Nio ET7||Tesla Model S||Lucid Air|
|Length||5,098 mm||4,970 mm||4,975 mm|
|Width||1,987 mm||1,964 mm||1,939 mm|
|Height||1,505 mm||1,445 mm||1,410 mm|
|Wheelbase||3,060 mm||2,960 mm||2,960 mm|
‘Not’ as fast as the Tesla Model S
The Nio ET7 has two motors, a front PMSM generating 180 kW (245 PS) and 350 Nm, and a rear induction motor adding 300 kW (408 PS) and 500 Nm. The total power and total torque available in the Nio ET7 are 480 kW (653 PS) and 850 Nm, respectively.
With its punchy two motors, the Nio ET7 accelerates faster than the base Porsche Taycan – 4S. The German high-performance electric sedan can go from 0-100 km/h in 4 seconds flat and keep accelerating till 250 km/h. The Turbo and Turbo S variants offer even better performance. The Chinese model can reach from 0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, and but according to the MIIT listing, it can attain a top speed of only 200 km/h.
The Lucid Air can go from 0-97 km/h as quickly as in just 2.5 seconds, and it can achieve a top speed of up to 168 mph. The Tesla Model S Plaid is the craziest of the lot, not the Porsche Taycan Turbo S, capable of 0-100 km/h acceleration in less than 2.1 seconds and a 320 km/h top speed, thanks to three motors generating more than 1,100 PS of system power.
While most countries still await the rollout of 5G on mobile phone networks, China already has them, and the Nio ET7 electric car offers that experience as well. The Nio ET7 features the third-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platform and Qualcomm Snapdragon Automotive 5G platform. The former enables highly intuitive AI experiences, rich visual experiences with support for multiple displays and an evolved version of NOMI, which Nio claims to be the world’s first in-car AI system. The latter is the industry’s first 5G dual SIM dual active (DSDA) platform for automotive use.
World’s first electric car with solid-state battery pack
While the world’s largest automakers like Volkswagen Group and Hyundai Motor Company don’t see solid-state batteries coming before around the middle of the decade in their cars, Nio Technologies is apparently years ahead.
The ET7 will be the world’s first mass-produced electric car available with a solid-state battery pack next year. A 150 kWh solid-state battery pack with a 50% battery energy density of 360 Wh/kg will be available as an option. Nio said in January 2021 that the new battery would available from the fourth quarter of 2022.
Likely the longest range for an electric car
The Nio ET7 has likely the longest range for any electric car in the world. With the 150 kWh solid-state battery pack, it can offer an estimated range of over 1,000 km (NEDC). The Tesla Model S Plaid does 520+ miles/837+ km (comparatively conservative EPA number), while the Lucid Air Grand Touring’s projected EPA estimated range is 517 miles/832 km.
Prices of the Nio ET7 start at CNY 4,48,000 (EUR 58,967), or CNY 3,78,000 (EUR 49,753) with BaaS. In the latter, the customer has to subscribe to a battery pack with a monthly payment of at least CNY 980 (EUR 129).
Customer deliveries from 2022
On 16 September 2021, Nio announced that it had rolled out the first batch of tooling trial prototypes of the ET7. The company released a few pictures of these ET7s, showing white, green- and white-coloured units. In China, Nio will sell the ET7 in seven options: Cloud White, Deep Space Black, Star Grey, Li Kongyin, South Pole Star Blue, Xiaguang Orange, and Aurora Green. The last three options will cost CNY 10,000 (EUR 1,316) extra. There’s only one stage before mass-production for customer deliveries – pre-production.
Speaking to analysts during the company’s Q2 2021 earnings conference call on 11 August 2021, William Bin Li, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Nio, said that the company is “confident with the on-time delivery of the ET7 next year.” Five days later, the company announced that it had completed winter testing of the ET7. It tested the car on Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds (SHPG)’s snow flats, ice flats, snow and ice circles, gradients, bumpy roads, and handling tracks.
On 6 April 2021, Nio announced that it had started a welding production line built especially for the ET7 at the JAC-NIO factory in Hefei, China. The company shared a picture of the car’s production body made at this facility. The series production could begin in Q4 2021, with reports suggesting that customer deliveries will begin in Q1 2022.
Featured Image Source: MIIT