NIO (NextEV) Unveils ES8 - Electric SUV Slated For Production Later This Year

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The company unveiled the ES8, their new vehicle for the China market that is planned for serial production later this year, and announced they will begin taking pre-orders of their flagship supercar, the NIO EP9.

The vehicle program is apparently on an accelerated pace since they claim that production and deliveries will "begin next year".

"We've also realised that for a vision of the future, cars no longer need to be, let's say, very cold, mechanical, technical", Tomasson adds. The length of the vehicle is over 196 inches long and the wheelbase is over 118 inches long.

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NIO also announced it would begin pre-selling its flagship supercar NIO EP9, which has a price tag of US$1.48 million and is claimed as the fastest electric auto in the world. Electric vehicles are definitely a big deal in China and the NIO ES8 is a good addition. The model apparently features all-wheel-drive as the standard and possesses active air suspension. The vehicle's swappable battery will provide a charging experience that surpasses refuelling at gas stations. It's already on course to hit production, as the company has established facilities for manufacturing. "From track to road, NIO continues to achieve major milestones every year".

The original six EP9s were given to investors in the auto maker.

Although NIO is yet to confirm the car's final performance specifications ― they'll be announced as the vehicle comes to market ― it will be underpinned by the same technology found in the NIO EP9 supercar. One of the EP9s holds the record for fastest lap by an electric vehicle of the Nurburgring Nordschliefe, while a further record for fastest autonomous lap was set in February at the Circuit of the Americas. It has already built an all-electric supercar, the EP9, and used it to set lap records at the Nurburgring and the Circuit of the Americas.