Chinese automaker NIO has unveiled the new all-electric and potentially fully autonomous ET7 sedan.
The new vehicle promises to be a very interesting model as it is powered by an impressive powertrain. The car will be equipped with a 480-kW dual-motor combination and a battery pack that can go all the way up to 150 kWh.
According to the company the ET7 powertrain is composed of a 180-kW permanent magnet motor in the front and a 300-kW induction motor in the rear. The dual motors promise outstanding performance as the car will be capable of going from 0 to 62 mph in a mere 3.9 seconds.
The car is also expected to have a range that could rival internal combustion engine vehicles as it is reported that with a 70-kWh battery pack, the ET7 has an NEDC range of over 500 km, or over 700 km with a 100-kWh battery. When coupled with the new 150-kWh battery, ET7 boasts an NEDC range over 1,000 km. It should be noted that NEDC range ratings are considerably higher than the more realistic WLTP ratings.
The car is also expected to have extensive autonomous driving hardware as it will be equipped with 33 sensors and 4 Nvidia Orin chips. The car incorporates 11 high-resolution 8MP cameras, 1 ultralong-range high-resolution LiDAR, 5 millimetre-wave radars, 12 ultrasonic sensors, 2 high-precision positioning units, V2X and ADMS.
The ET7 has a price starting of RMB 448,000 which is around $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 tag and a monthly cost for the battery pack.
The Chinese company will take the same approach as Tesla by launching the self-driving feature as a monthly subscription.
The ET7 exterior lines are quite delightful as they remind of a fusion of the designs of the Tesla Model 3 and the Porsche Panamera. The new Chinese all-electric car is expected to be delivered in early 2022.