NIO EP9: The Knowledge

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Electric car company NextEV has unveiled its first car, the NIO EP9. The electric car brand has been designed to ‘help users rediscover the ‘joyful lifestyle’ of car ownership’ through its staggering performance and ‘unique user experiences’.

Earlier this year, the EP9 achieved a new lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschliefe of 7m 05.12s, beating the previous EV lap record held by over 15 seconds. NextEV also took the lap record at Circuit Paul Ricard in France, recording a time of 1m 52.78s, eclipsing the previous record of 2m 40s.

The car is built around four high-performance inboard motors that transfer power through four individual gearboxes. The EP9 delivers 1-MegaWatt of power, equivalent to 1,360PS allowing the car to accelerate from 0-200kph in 7.1 seconds and has a top speed of 313kph.

The car has been designed around an interchangeable battery system, with the two lithium-ion units located in either sill. The EP9 is capable of being charged in 45 minutes and offers a driving range of 427km. The four motors deliver a combined 6334Nm of torque, with the EV drivetrain also offering torque vectoring for improved vehicle dynamics. 

“We have launched our electric supercar that broke the record at the Nordschliefe. The NIO EP9 was born to push limits and is the first stage of automotive production for NIO,” said NextEV founder and chairman, William Li. “It is a statement of our vision and technical and manufacturing capabilities. It is a best-in-class product that showcases what is possible with electric vehicles. We believe that when the car ownership experience exceeds expectations, electric vehicles will become the natural choice for everyone, leading to a more sustainable tomorrow. And with that, our vision of a blue sky will come true.”

Powertrain specification

• 777 V full electric Powertrain

• Peak power — 1 MW

• Peak torque — 1480 Nm at motor 0-7500 rpm

• Peak torque — 6334 Nm at wheels 0-7500 rpm

• 4 x inboard motors, 4 individual gear boxes

• Torque vectoring

• Battery changeable

• 2 lithium batteries, indirectly water cooled (UN R100 compliance safety standards)

• 45 minutes Battery charge time

• 427 km range

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Dean has been with UKi Media & Events for over a decade, having previously cut his journalistic teeth writing and editing for various automotive and engineering titles. He combines extensive knowledge of all things automotive with a passion for driving, and experience testing countless new vehicles, engines and technologies around the world. As well as his role as editor-in-chief across a range of UKi's media titles, he is also co-chair of the judging panel of the International Engine of the Year Awards.

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