In June two thousand and eighteen, Nio announced the start of mass production of the ES8 electric crossover, a concept version of which was first presented to the public at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show.
Outside, the Nio ES8 2018-2019 (photo, price) stands out for the unusual design of the front end with a chrome insert framing the radiator grill and head optics. On the side, the SUV has a sloping roof and characteristic embossings that emphasize the wheel arches. At the stern, it is worth noting the original design of the lanterns.
The front panel in the cabin of the model is designed in a minimalistic style, while the attention is immediately drawn to a large vertically located multimedia tablet and an equally solid screen of a virtual dashboard.
According to the Chinese, the Nio EC 8 is the world’s first production car equipped with an artificial intelligence multimedia system. The latter is referred to here as “NOMI” and is a companion who gives the driver a variety of advice and also entertains passengers on the way.
The overall length of the electric off-road vehicle is 5,022 mm, and its wheelbase is 3,010. The design widely uses an aluminum alloy of the 7003 grade, which ensures high torsional rigidity of the body.
The Nio ES8 (performance) is driven by two electric motors, one on the front axle and the other on the rear. The total output of the units reaches 653 hp. and 840 Nm. Such a productive “filling” provides acceleration from zero to hundreds in 4.4 seconds, the maximum speed is not specified.
The electric motors are powered for their operation from a 70 kWh battery. The power reserve declared by the manufacturer is 355 kilometers (according to the NEDC cycle). If you drive at a constant speed of 60 km / h, then the mileage can reach 500 km.
After 10 minutes of stay at a special charging station, the electric car will be able to drive another 100 km. Plus, it is possible to replace a completely discharged battery with a new one, but for this the owner needs to subscribe to a monthly subscription ($ 20) for a special service.
It is worth noting that while branded fast charging stations are available only in Beijing, however, Nio promises to rectify the situation by organizing more than 1,200 such stations and about 1,100 quick battery replacement points in the largest cities of China by 2020. Until then, the owners will have to be content with standard charging points where the battery replenishment time is significantly longer.
The car received the Nio Pilot autopilot, consisting of a trifocal front camera, five millimeter-wave radars, 12 ultrasonic sensors and a camera that monitors the driver.
The processing of the received data is handled by the Mobileye Eye4 processor, the performance of which, according to the developers, is 9 times higher than that of previous systems. You can use the autopilot both on the highway and in traffic jams. Plus, the complex also includes an automatic braking system.
Nio ES8 entered the assembly line of a joint venture with JAIC in the Chinese city of Hefei. At the time of the start of production, only five copies of the model were assembled here every hour, but in July 2018 they promise to increase the pace and by September 10,000 cars will be produced. In China, accepting orders for the model has long been open, prices vary from 70,000 to 85,000 dollars. Deliveries outside the Celestial Empire are not planned yet.