Published on December 21st, 2017 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Nio launches 7-seat electric SUV for just USD67,000

Chinese electric car startup Nio has recently demonstrated its new ES8 SUV to customers in Beijing, with home market sales already under way. It is priced from 448,000 yuan (around £50,500) after government incentives.

This ES8 SUV offers comparable specs to a Model X. It’s a full 7-seater, with an all-aluminium body and chassis, air suspension on all models and all-wheel drive.

Electric motors mounted on each axle give the ES8 a 0-100km/h time of 4.4 seconds, which is similar to a Tesla Model X 90D. The 70kWh battery pack allows a 220-mile NEDC range, although no claims of charging times have been made yet. A model which offers a 311-mile range is also available.

Buyers of the Nio ES8 can have the battery swapped out at power-swap stations in three minutes, or charge it via a service vehicle that travels to you. The ES8 also comes with an autonomous driving system similar to Tesla’s, with a variety of cameras and sensors making it capable of self-driving on main roads and motorways.

The first 10,000 units of the ES8 have already been sold.

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