After the ES8, ET7 and ET5, Nio unveils its second electric SUV, called ES7. Available in several versions, it should arrive in Europe shortly.
Could Nio be the future Tesla? If the Chinese firm, created in 2014 is still far from the firm of Elon Musk in terms of sales, it is however beginning to make a very good place for itself on the market, while its valuation already exceeds that of BMW. Today, the range already has three models, namely a large SUV called ES8, as well as two sedans, ET7 and ET5, rivals of the Tesla Model 3 and Model S.
But the young brand is ambitious and wants to go even further, by expanding its catalog and marketing its vehicles in Europe, which is already the case for Norway with the ES8. It is in this context that has just been officially revealed the new Nio ES7, an electric SUV located under the ES8 and already available for pre-order in China.
A unique design
In its press release, Nio unveils its new SUV from every angle. If it sports a front face close to the other models in the range, with its small LED lights and its full grille, the firm specifies that this is the first time that the design language “Design for AD” is applied to an SUV, while the ES8 is distinguished by a very different and much busier face.
With a wheelbase of 2.96 m, the new Nio ES7 is very livable, while the firm describes its driving position as a “second living room”. If the brand does not specify whether or not it uses leather of animal origin in the driving position of the SUV, it nevertheless underlines the presence of an unusual material, namely hand-harvested sustainable rattan and supplied by the German company karuun. Note that the seats are heated, ventilated and massaging, while the temperature of the rear seat can be adjusted between 23 and 31°.
A true concentration of technology
This new ES7 comes standard with the PanoCinema system, a digital handset compatible with augmented reality and virtual reality. The Chinese firm has also entered into a partnership with NREAL, a company specializing in this field, in order to design glasses that can project a 201-inch screen to six meters. If Nio has not specified the precise functions of this technology, it should probably be used to display the speed as well as the navigation directly in front of the driver’s eyes.
As specified in the manufacturer’s press release, the electric SUV is also equipped with an autonomous driving system, which should evolve over the years. Eventually, it will then be possible to let the car drive alone without driver intervention on roads and expressways, but also in car parks and in battery replacement areas. For it, the ES7 is equipped with 33 sensors, including a LIDAR as well as eight cameras.
A removable battery
If Nio did not detail it in its press release, everything suggests that the new ES7 will be compatible with the battery exchange system designed by the brand, much faster than traditional charging. Already deployed in China in more than 500 stations and ready to arrive in Europe, this device makes it possible to replace the battery of one of the brand’s models in five minutes flat. All in an automated way.
About twenty stations should be established in Norway by the end of the year, while the first model of the brand to benefit from it will be the ES8 SUV. The new ES7 should therefore also be compatible with this solution, which is already very successful with more than 4 million exchanges registered in China in October 2021.
Up to 850 kilometers of range
The brand’s first model to be based on the new NT 2.0 platform, the new Nio ES7 is available in several versions, with 75, 100 and 150 kWh batteries. The first two allow the electric SUV to travel 485 and 620 km respectively according to the CLTC cycle used in China, which is more optimistic than our WLTP cycle. The last, covering the range, allows for itsreach a range of 850 km in a single charge. A performance that we also owe to the drag coefficient of only 0.263, while the 0 to 100 km/h is achieved in 3.9 seconds. No less than 10 driving modes are available.
Delivered as standard with air suspension, the new Nio ES7 is also capable of towing up to 2,000 kilos thanks to the tow bar offered as an option. It is also equipped with the V2L function. This makes it possible to use the energy stored by the vehicle to power electronic devices, such as a coffee maker or hair dryer. Note that the SUV in its 150 kWh version should logically be equipped with semi-solid batteries, like the ET7 and ET5.
Launch at the end of the year
Already available for pre-order in its home market, the new Nio ES7 starts at $69,700, or around €66,960 at the current exchange rate, in its entry-level version equipped with the 75 kWh battery. Two formulas will be proposed: the purchase and the subscription of the battery. In the latter case, customers will then have to pay $51,800, or approximately €49,764, while the monthly payments for the battery are not yet known.
While the first deliveries are expected by the end of August in China for the 75 and 100 kWh versions, no date has yet been announced for Europe or for the model with a 150 kWh battery. This model should not be available before the end of the year due to the use of a semi-solid battery, not yet ready.
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