Update: ‘Specifications’ and ‘Production’ sections updated
Nio plans to launch another sedan after the ET7, a lower-priced smaller car that can fetch higher volumes. The new Nio sedan, called ‘Nio ET5,’ will compete with global midsize electric cars like the Tesla Model 3 and the Mercedes C-Class EV (Mercedes EQC sedan) said to arrive in 2024. The BMW i3 is another challenger, a conversion EV that has just been introduced in the Chinese market, while the global-spec BMW i3 sedan is expected in 2025.
Design & Features
The Nio ET5 is a sleek fastback sedan proportionally similar to the Nio ET7. The fluidic sedan features a low profile, futuristic front-end with dual-beam vertical headlights, separate, double-dash DRLs, concave nose, and a trapezoidal lower grille.
The ET5 has flush door handles, EP9-inspired muscular haunches, and sharp creases. At the rear, it flaunts the crystal-like heartbeat tail light of the ET7, and a sportier, diffuser-style bumper. Up top, the ET5 has a LiDAR sensor on the roof like the ET7.
Inside, the dashboard and centre console draw on the contemporary design of the ET7 and aim to replicate the ambience of the living room. Invisible air vents help the interior look cleaner compared to traditional sedans. UWB digital key makes entering the car easy and convenient.
PanoCinema, featuring AR and VR technologies, projects information viewable through Nio-exclusive AR glasses. The effective screen size of PanoCinema is 201 inches, and the maximum distance at which it projects the information is six metres. Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 surround sound system, 256-colour curtain ambient lighting, and 10.2-inch HDR instrument cluster are among the other interior highlights of the ET5.
ADAS & Safety
The Nio ET5 features ‘Nio Adam Super Computing,’ a supercomputer built on four NVIDIA Drive Orin systems-on-a-chip (SOC). This electronics platform achieves a total of more than 1,000 TOPS (Tera Operations Per Second), and it enables safe autonomous driving functions that need a lot of computing power.
Nio has equipped the ET5 with 33 high-performance sensing units, including 11 high-res cameras, 1 ultralong-range high-res LiDAR, 5 mm-wave radars, 12 ultrasonic sensors, 2 high-precision localisation units, V2X, and ADMS. The new electric car can autonomously drive on highways, in urban areas and parking, and at battery swap stations. Customers will need to pay a CNY 680 (EUR 95) monthly subscription fee to use the autonomous driving functions.
Nio is targeting five-star safety ratings in C-NCAP and EuroNCAP. It says that the ET5’s rollover-resistance rating is above the NHTSA’s five-star requirement – 1.7. Tesla started using the new large die casting process with the Model Y this year, and from 2022, Nio plans to follow. The company has revealed that the ET5 features an integral cast rear floor, which reduces its mass by 30% and frees up 11 litres of boot space. The ET5’s torsional stiffness is 34,000 Nm/degree.
|Feature||Nio ET5 Specification|
|Length/Width/Height||4790 mm/1960 mm/1499 mm|
|Front Overhang||897 mm|
|Rear Overhang||1005/1128 mm|
|Front Track||1685 mm|
|Rear Track||1685 mm|
|Tyres||245/45R19 or 245/40R20|
|Battery Pack Capacity||75 kWh/100 kWh/150 kWh|
|Range (CLTC)||550 km/640 km/1000 km (342 miles/398 miles/621 miles)|
|Total Power||360 kW|
|Total Torque||700 Nm|
|0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) Acceleration Time||4.3 s|
|Max Speed||200 km/h|
|Kerb Weight||2145/2165/2180/2185/2200 kg|
|Towing capacity||1400 kg|
The ET5 measures 4,790 mm in length, 1,960 mm in width, and 1,499 mm in height. The electric mid-size sedan has a 2,888 mm wheelbase. Nio has fitted two motors in the ET5, a 150 kW induction motor at the front and a 210 kW permanent magnet motor at the rear. These motors produce 360 kW of total power and 700 Nm of total torque.
A 0-100 km/h sprint in the ET5 takes as little as 4.3 seconds. Brakes with indigenously developed 4-piston fixed callipers with aluminium casting bring the electric sedan to a halt from 100 km/h in a distance of 33.9 metres. Nio will offer the ET5 with 75 kWh Standard Range, 100 kWh Long Range, and 150 kWh Ultralong Range battery pack options that provide a range of over 550 km, over 700 km, and over 1,000 km, respectively.
Price & Release Date
The Nio ET5’s prices start at CNY 328,000 (EUR 45,568) before subsidies and CNY 258,000 (EUR 35,843) with BaaS (Battery-as-a-Service). Depending on the variant, the monthly subscription of the battery pack under the BaaS model costs CNY 980 (EUR 136) for the 75 kWh option and CNY 1,480 (EUR 206) for the 100 kWh version. Nio expects to start delivering the ET5 in September 2022.
Chinese reports had said that Nio had received 100,000 pre-orders for the ET5. However, Ma Lin, the company’s senior director of corporate communications, has denied that Nio has released any such information, CnEVPost reported on 22 December 2021.
The Nio ET5 is likely to become the brand’s next best-selling model. Edison Yu, a Deutsche Bank analyst, expects Nio to sell 65,000 units of the ET5 by 2023, says a report from Business Insider. Yu’s intel suggests that a Lexus LM-style executive Nio MPV is also on the pipeline, arriving after the volume-generating mid-size sedan, though Nio has not said anything about entering the MPV segment.
Nio’s second production site at NeoPark in Hefei, Anhui province will produce the ET5. On January 23, the first ET5 prototypes rolled off the line for validation and testing. By April 29, 2022, Nio saw the first tooling trial (TT) builds of the ET5 sedan roll off the production line, taking it another step closer to delivering the ET5 to customers in September. In the TT phase, the vehicle product and process maturity will be more refined and closer to mass production requirements. Testing will become more intense and thorough.
After completing the three core tasks of documenting and verifying the production process, training production line operators, and verifying manufacturing capabilities, the company will enter a pre-production phase to prepare for large-scale manufacturing, Nio says.
Nio ET5 FAQs
What is the Nio ET5 release date?
Nio ET5 deliveries will begin in September 2022. Its European launch will take place next year.
What is the Nio ET5 price?
The Nio ET5’s prices start at CNY 328,000 (EUR 45,568).
Which models are the Nio ET5 competitors?
The Nio ET5 will rival the likes of the Tesla Model 3 and BMW i3 L (BMW 3 Series electric).
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