NIO ES8 Recently Made Waves After Unveiling In Shanghai

Here's The Three-Row SUV That Electric Startup NIO Wants To Sell In China Next Year

Here's The Three-Row SUV That Electric Startup NIO Wants To Sell In China Next Year

The star of the show is an all-new, full-size electric SUV, the NIO ES8, which is surprisingly already scheduled for production later this year and sales to being from 2018 in China.

NIO made the announcements during the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, and is showcasing 11 cars including two NIO Formula E race cars, seven NIO EP9s, and its vision vehicle EVE and one NIO ES8.

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.

The ES8 [below], meanwhile, to be launched in China at the end of the year, seats seven in a 2-3-2 formation.

The vehicle is called NIO ES8 and it is a full size 7-seater electric SUV.

William Li, NIO's chairman and founder said that the NIO ES8 is another statement of the company's vision and technical and manufacturing capabilities.

The ES8 has an all-aluminium body and chassis, front and rear motors with electric all-wheel drive, and active air suspension. Curiously, it's been designed for battery-swapping, as well as conventional recharging, Nio claiming that the manufacturing and supply chain to support this is already in place. The vehicle has been tested in Yakeshi in Inner Mongolia, where temperatures can reach -22 degrees Fahrenheit as well as Melbourne and Madura, Australia where temperatures can reach over 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

It has racecar-like aero that means it can generate more than 2.5 lateral G. All the better for nabbing lap records around the Nürburgring and the Circuit of the Americas. One of the EP9s holds the record for fastest lap by an electric auto of the Nurburgring Nordschliefe, while a further record for fastest autonomous lap was set in February at the Circuit of the Americas. NIO has also started taking orders for its EP9 supercar, which starts at $1.48-million.

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