NIO drives into the mainstream with first mass-production vehicle

Gladys Abbott
April 21, 2017

NIO, the Chinese-backed electric vehicle startup known for their mad quest to break track records with their EP9 supercar, has finally whipped out plans for a normal auto for regular people.

The electric vehicle company NIO (a brand of NextEV) has unveiled a new all-electric SUV named the "ES8" that will enter serial production sometime later this year. (4,980 mm) in length with a wheelbase of more than 118 ins.

The ES8 has an all-aluminium body and chassis, front and rear motors with electric all-wheel drive, and active air suspension.

The company says the ES8 has already been tested in extreme temperatures and weather in Inner Mongolia and Australia.

NIO claims the manufacturing and supply chain that will produce the ES8 already is in place. Electric vehicles are definitely a big deal in China and the NIO ES8 is a good addition.

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The official launch of the ES8 is expected to take place later this year, with deliveries slated to begin sometime in 2018.

Nio announced pre-sales of the EP9 in Shanghai, with a second batch of 10 to follow the initial six - should you have $1.48million to spend.

William Li, NIO's chairman and founder said that the NIO ES8 is another statement of the company's vision and technical and manufacturing capabilities. One of the EP9s holds the record for fastest lap by an electric vehicle of the Nurburgring Nordschliefe, while a further record for fastest autonomous lap was set in February at the Circuit of the Americas.

NIO has already proved the 1000kW EP9 hypercar is the fastest pure-electric auto in the world when it set a new electric vehicle lap record of 7:05.120 at Germany's Nurburgring back in November 2016.

It has racecar-like aero that means it can generate more than 2.5 lateral G. All the better for nabbing lap records around the Nürburgring and the Circuit of the Americas.

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