Refreshed Nio ES8 electric SUV rolls off the production line in China [Update]

Chinese electric vehicle startup Nio revealed the refreshed version of its flagship electric SUV, ES8 in December 2019 and the company has now started customer deliveries. Pictures of the new ES8 rolling off the production line has been tweeted by the company last week while the first customers have been handed keys yesterday in China. The keys were handed to Mr Jia at the Hefei Advanced Manufacturing Center by Mr William Bin Li, founder, chairman and CEO of Nio.

Nio ES8 was developed with Tata Technologies

The ES8 has an Indian connection as Tata Technologies worked on many engineering aspects in the development of ES8, such as body structures, exteriors and closures, product lifecycle management and off-car connectivity. Weight optimization was another area of collaboration where advanced materials and pioneering processes were used. The all-aluminium body ES8 comes with aerospace grade 7003 series aluminium alloy, giving it a torsional stiffness of 44,140 Nm/Deg. When it was launched in 2018, the company said the ES8 featured the highest level of aluminium for a mass-produced car.

2020 Nio ES8 – Bigger battery & higher range

Nio says that the 2020 ES8 gets 180+ improvements on the interior, exterior and digital features.

The new Nio ES8 is driven by two electric motors – a 160 kW permanent magnet motor and a 240 kW induction motor, making the electric SUV an all-wheel-drive. The ES8 makes a total output of up to 544 hp and 725 Nm and is powered by the company’s new 100 kWh liquid-cooled thermostatic battery pack in its highest specification, offering an improved range of up to 580 km (NEDC). In this high-spec, the ES8 sprints from 0-100km/h in 4.9 s.

Inside, the ES8 now comes fitted with a 9.8-inch instrument cluster and an 11.3-inch second-generation multi-touch infotainment system as standard. The ES8 is also updated with sleeker-looking upgraded tail lights with heartbeat function, a long centre stoplight, and chrome accents.

The ES8 is equipped with Mobileye EyeQ4 chip that supports more than 20 advanced driving assistance features and over-the-air software updates. Also available is the NOMI Mate 2.0, the in-car AMOLED full-circular display that can be operated by voice controls. The vehicle is further equipped with smart charging port cover and NFC key card.

The 2020 Nio ES8 is priced at RMB 468,000 (Rs 50.65 lakh) for the basic 7 seat version and tops out at RMB 558,000 (Rs 60.47 lakh) for the ‘Signature’ 6 seat version.

In 2019, Nio and the ES8 topped the J.D. Power’s inaugural China New Energy Vehicle Experience Index (NEVXI) Study. While the ES8 ranked highest in the midsize/large battery electric vehicle segment, Nio finished at the top of brands for new energy vehicle new-vehicle quality. Interestingly the ES8 was also a world record holder for the highest altitude achieved by an electric car which was broken by the Hyundai Kona a few weeks ago.

Nio says it has sold 20,675 units of the ES8 since the launch in 2018.