Electric vehicle maker Nio has started customer deliveries of its flagship electric sedan, the ET7, as it prepares to expand into Europe later in 2022.
The first model to launch on the company’s second-generation electric platform, known as the NT2.0, the ET7 is a sleek 5,101mm sedan that is billed by the automaker as a “second saloon “spacious yet comfortable that combines “futuristic technology and modern design.
It’s currently available to order with either a 75kWh or 100kWh battery, and eventually the company says it will also offer a 150kWh battery which it says will deliver 1,000km on the NEDC cycle, or around 700 km in real driving. conditions.
When designing the ET7, Nio did not hold back in any way, using its flagship EV to feature premium design features including roof-integrated autonomous driving sensors, LED headlights with twin beams in a ‘double dash’ configuration and a ‘heartbeat’ rear tail light and flush door handles that slide outward subtly when touched.
Inside, materials made from renewable rattan, smart scent and air quality systems, ambient lighting and even ventilated seats with massage function, ensure a luxurious ride.
Standard inclusions in the ET7 range range from a floating 12.8-inch AMOLED touchscreen, a voice assistant using Nio’s proprietary “Nomi” software, and a 23-speaker Dolby Atmos sound system (yes , 23!), 1000 watts with 20-channel amplifier.
Pricing for the ET7 is surprisingly not cheap: in China it starts at 448,000 RMB (just under A$94,000 converted). The price can be reduced to 378,000 RMB (about AU$79,300) if the customer chooses to opt for Nio’s Battery Swap-as-a-Service (BaaS) system, which effectively subtracts the cost of the battery the purchase price of the vehicle.
Images shared by Nio in a statement about the first deliveries to customers show a parking lot full of ET7s lined up in rows at its headquarters in Hefei, about 400 km west of Shanghai in China. The ET7 is the company’s fourth production electric vehicle, joining the ES8, ES6 and EC6 electric SUVs.
It’s entirely possible that we’ll see the ET7 on Australian roads in the future, although it could be a few years before that happens.
Australia is understood to be part of Nio’s global expansion plans: In December, a map of Australia featured on a highlighted map behind Founder and CEO William Li during a conference on Nio’s future plans. company at the annual Nio company day.
Nio is already selling its ES8 in Norway and plans to expand to the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Germany in 2022, and to 25 countries by 2025.
Bridie Schmidt is Associate Editor for The conduitsister site of Renew the economy. She has been writing about electric vehicles since 2018 and has a keen interest in the role that zero-emission transport must play in sustainability. She has participated in podcasts such as Download This Show with Marc Fennell and Shirtloads of Science with Karl Kruszelnicki and is a co-organizer of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum. Bridie also owns a Tesla Model 3 and offers it for rent on evee.com.au.