NIO, the consumer arm of the NEXTEV Formula E team who brought us the world’s fastest electric car in the EP9 Hypercar, has unveil the ES8, its new all-electric, all wheel drive SUV for the China market that is planned for production later this year.
INTRODUCING: NIO ES8
The NIO ES8 is a full size 7-seater electric SUV with almost identical dimensions to a Tesla Model X, with an all-aluminium body and chassis, front and rear electric motors motors and active air suspension. The ES8 features the “design identity” of every NIO vehicle: the strong X- bar front end. The vehicle’s swappable battery will provide a charging experience that surpasses refuelling at petrol stations. The manufacturing and supply chain that will produce the ES8 is already in place. An official launch at the end of this year, with deliveries expected to begin next year.
The ES8 has been tested for thousands of miles in harsh environments such as in Yakeshi in Inner Mongolia, where temperatures can reach -22 degrees Fahrenheit as well as Melbourne and Mildura, Australia, where temperatures can reach over 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
NIO Founder and Chairman, William Li, said:
“Today we 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.”