In addition to displaying the Nio ET7’s interior physically, Nio plans to introduce ‘Nio Power plan’ at Auto Shanghai 2021 (19-28 April), as per a new report from cnevpost.com. There’s no word on what the Nio Power plan is. However, it could be similar to Volkswagen Group’s Power Day held last month, meant for outlining the company’s battery production and charging infrastructure strategy. In Nio’s case any talks on these subjects may include battery swapping as well.
Speaking of battery swapping, Nio today inaugurated its first second-gen battery swap station, as per another new report on cnevpost.com. This is Nio’s 201st battery swap station, and it is located in Beijing. The company has set a target of increasing the number of its battery swap stations to 500 by the end of this year. It released a software update for its cars yesterday to ensure that customers can use the second-gen battery swap station from day one, as per one more report on cnevpost.com.
Nio has started a welding production line built especially for the ET7 at its factory in Hefei, China. The company shared a picture of the car’s production body made at this facility recently. However, the series production could be a few months away, with reports suggesting that customer deliveries are almost a year out (Q1 2022).
The Nio ET7, the first Nio sedan, debuted at Nio Day 2020 in Chengdu, China in January this year. Here are five lesser-known facts about the Nio ET7:
Bigger than the Tesla Model S & Lucid Air
The Nio ET7 is widely seen as a rival to the Tesla Model S and the Lucid Air. It’s bigger than both of them, which should translate to a more spacious cabin specially for passengers in the rear seat.
Nio ET7 vs. Tesla Model S vs. Lucid Air
|Model/Dimension||Nio ET7||Tesla Model S||Lucid Air|
|Length||5,098 mm||4,970 mm||4,975 mm|
|Width||1,987 mm||1,964 mm||1,939 mm|
|Height||1,505 mm||1,445 mm||1,410 mm|
|Wheelbase||3,060 mm||2,960 mm||2,960 mm|
Up to 300 kW/500 Nm from one motor
The Nio ET7 has two motors, a front PMSM generating 180 kW (245 PS) and 350 Nm, and a rear induction motor adding 300 kW (408 PS) and 500 Nm. The total power and total torque available in the Nio ET7 are 480 kW (653 PS) and 850 Nm.
‘Not’ as fast as a Tesla Model S
The Nio ET7 accelerates faster than the base Porsche Taycan – 4S. The German high-performance electric sedan can go from naught to 100 km/h in 4 seconds flat and keep accelerating till 250 km/h. The Turbo and Turbo S variants offer even better performance. The Chinese model can reach from 0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, although we don’t know how fast it can go yet.
The Lucid Air can go from 0-97 km/h as quickly as in just 2.5 seconds, and it can achieve a top speed of up to 168 mph. The Tesla Model S Plaid is the craziest of the lot, not the Porsche Taycan Turbo S, capable of 0-100 km/h acceleration in less than 2.1 seconds and a 320 km/h top speed, thanks to three motors generating more than 1,100 PS of system power.
While most countries still await the rollout of 5G on mobile phone networks, China already has them, and the Nio ET7 electric car offers that experience as well. The Nio ET7 features the third-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platform and Qualcomm Snapdragon Automotive 5G platform. The former enables highly intuitive AI experiences, rich visual experiences with support for multiple displays and an evolved version of NOMI, which Nio claims to be the world’s first in-car AI system. The latter is the industry’s first 5G dual SIM dual active (DSDA) platform for automotive use.
World’s first electric car with solid-state battery pack
While the world’s largest automakers like Volkswagen Group and Hyundai Motor Company don’t see solid-state batteries coming before around the middle of the decade in their cars, Nio Technologies is apparently years ahead.
The ET7 will be the world’s first mass-produced electric car available with a solid-state battery pack next year. A 150 kWh solid-state battery pack with a 50% battery energy density of 360 Wh/kg will be available as an option.
World’s longest-range electric car
The Nio ET7 has the longest range for any electric car in the world. With the 150 kWh solid-state battery pack, it can offer a range of over 1,000 km (NEDC), better than the Tesla Model S Plaid’s 520+ miles/837+ km (EPA). The Lucid Air Grand Touring’s projected EPA estimated range is 517 miles/832 km. Grand Touring is the most range-focused variant of the Lucid Air.
Prices of the Nio ET7 start at CNY 4,48,000 (INR 50.79 lakh), or CNY 3,78,000 (INR 42.86 lakh) with BaaS. In the latter, the customer has to subscribe to a battery pack with a monthly payment of at least CNY 980 (INR 11,111).