NIO unveils impressive autonomous electric car with massive battery

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NIO today unveiled an impressive new electric car, the NIO ET7, with a massive battery and with the potential to be fully autonomous.

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NIO is a Chinese electric vehicle company that has grown rapidly in recent years.

Often referred to as “the Tesla of China,” the electric vehicle company has successfully sold electric SUVs in the growing Chinese market.

We also reported that they have been successful where several other EV companies have failed; to operate the battery exchanges.

Ultimately, the company plans to expand beyond China.

NIO ET7 electric sedan

At NIO Day 2020 in Chengdu today, NIO unveiled its next electric vehicle: the NIO ET7.

It’s an electric sedan with a very impressive powertrain.

The ET7 has a 480 kW dual motor transmission and is powered by a battery pack of up to 150 kWh.

NIO describes the ET7’s electric powertrain:

“The ET7 inherited the high performance DNA of NIO with a 180 kW permanent magnet motor in the front and a 300 kW induction motor in the rear. The maximum power is 480 kW with a maximum torque of 850 N · m. The ET7 accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.9 seconds and has a stopping distance of 100 km / h at 33.5 m. With 0.23 Cd drag coefficient and the application of the 2nd generation high efficiency electric drive platform with silicon carbide power module, the power efficiency is further improved. With a 70 kWh battery, the ET7 has an NEDC range of over 500 km, or over 700 km with a 100 kWh battery. Combined with the new 150 kWh battery, the ET7 has an NEDC range of over 1,000 km. ”

This 1000 km (621 mile) range figure is based on the NEDC cycle, which is known to be rarely representative of actual driving.

However, with an energy capacity of 150 kWh and an efficient design, the ET7 will likely have over 500 miles of range on a single charge.

Powertrain aside, the ET7 is also impressive for full self-driving hardware.

NIO says the electric sedan is equipped with 33 sensors and 4 Nvidia Orin chips:

“NIO has developed the full stack NAD autonomous driving capability, including perception algorithms, location, control strategy and platform software. NIO Aquila Super Sensing includes 33 high-performance detection units, including 11 8MP high-resolution cameras, 1 ultra-long-range high-resolution LiDAR, 5 millimeter wave radars, 12 ultrasonic sensors, 2 high-precision positioning units, V2X and ADMS . Aquila can generate 8 GB of data per second. NIO Adam includes 4 Nvidia Orin SoCs with a total computing power of 1,016 TOPS. ”

The company was able to perfectly integrate these numerous sensors without affecting the design too much:

The ET7 is priced from 448,000 RMB (~ $ 69,000) before EV incentives and it will also be offered under NIO’s Battery-as-a-Service (BaaS) model, which comes with a cheaper price and a monthly cost for the battery.

Additionally, NIO takes a similar approach to Tesla when it comes to autonomous driving capabilities.

It will provide safety features enabled by their autonomous driving technology as standard features, but it will charge for autonomous driving features, which will be offered as a subscription.

Deliveries are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2022.

Exterior photos of the NIO ET7

Interior photos of the NIO ET7

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