NIO Reveals Stunning ET7 With Up to 150 kWh Battery, Self-Driving Tech
NIO has opened its order books.
The Chinese automaker NIO has introduced its fourth electric vehicle, the ET7, with up to 150 kWh battery pack (70 kWh and 100 kWh at first) and a self-driving system. The NIO ET7 is the automaker’s new flagship sedan, which is built on the ET Preview concept from 2019.
Batteries, Range, and Power
First thing first, the batteries. The NIO ET7 will come with 70 kWh and 100 kWh battery options, offering over 500 km (311 miles) and over 700 km (435 miles) of range respectively on New European Driving Cycle.
By late 2022, NIO will also start offering a 150 kWh battery version that will be good for over 1,000 km (620 miles) of range.
The sedan boasts a dual-motor all-wheel-drive set up delivering 480 kW and 850 Nm of torque. To make it more efficient, the automaker has installed a permanent magnet in the front and an induction motor in the rear, in addition to SiC power electronics. All the efforts enable the ET7 to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds.
Interior and Equipment
The NIO ET7 would provide living room like comfort inside thanks to the smart air suspension, heating, ventilation, and massage function as standard on every seat. Additionally, we can see a glass roof, an innovative dashboard with HUD as standard, a 10.2″ instrument cluster, and 12.8″ center display, plus 23 speakers (as standard). NIO also showed us its “invisible” smart air vents on both front and rear row.
Other prominent facilities include the world’s first UWB digital key (capable of localization at centimeter-level precision), frameless windows, and soft close. The flush door handle pops out automatically as the driver reaches the ET7 and the door will open a little. The doors can shut automatically, as well.
Perhaps, the most exciting thing for enthusiasts at the unveiling was the ground-breaking self-driving tech. The system includes eleven 8MP cameras, LiDAR, and Adam – an NIO Super Computing system. Those interested in using this tech has to go for a monthly subscription for 680 yuan ($105) a month.
“The ET7 features NIO’s latest NAD (NIO Autonomous Driving) technology based on NIO Aquila Super Sensing and NIO Adam Super Computer. NAD brings safer and more relaxing autonomous driving from point A to point B, gradually covering cases such as on expressways, urban, parking, and battery swapping.
NIO has built up the NAD full-stack autonomous driving capability including perception algorithms, localization, control strategy, and platform software. NIO Aquila Super Sensing features 33 high-performance sensing units, including 11 8MP high-resolution cameras, 1 ultralong-range high-resolution LiDAR, 5 millimeter-wave radars, 12 ultrasonic sensors, 2 high-precision positioning units, V2X and ADMS. Aquila can generate 8GB of data per second. NIO Adam features 4 Nvidia Orin SoCs with a total computing power of 1,016 TOPS.”
Availability and Prices
NIO has opened its order books but you cannot have the flagship sedan before the first quarter of 2022. The prices (before any subsidies) are:
- ET7 (70 kWh)
448,000 yuan ($69,185)
BaaS: 378,000 yuan ($58,375) plus 980 yuan ($151) per month
- ET7 (100 kWh)
506,000 yuan ($78,142)
BaaS: 378,000 yuan ($58,375) plus 1,480 yuan ($229) per month
- ET7 Premier edition (100 kWh)
526,000 yuan ($81,230)
BaaS: 398,000 yuan ($61,463) plus 1,480 yuan ($229) per month
* BaaS – Battery as a Service
Fascinatingly, if you are a current NIO customer, you can get huge discounts on the purchase of the ET7.
NIO ET7 specs:
- 70 kWh battery – more than 500 km (311 miles) of NEDC range
- 100 kWh battery – more than 700 km (435 miles) of NEDC range
- 150 kWh battery option in the future will get more than 1,000 km (620 miles) of NEDC range
- 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds
- dual motor all-wheel drive
- system output of 480 kW and 850 Nm of torque
front motor (permanent magnet): 180 kW
rear motor (induction motor): 300 kW
NIO 2nd generation powertrain with SiC power electronics
- 100-0 km/h braking in 33.5 m, with Brembo brakes (standard)
- Cd of 0.23
- Dimensions: Length 5.098 m, width 1.987 m, Height 1.505 m, and Wheelbase of 3.060 m
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