NIO ES8 Detailed, Boasts 643 HP And A 220 Mile Range

NIO stunned everyone when its EP9 set a Nürburgring lap record earlier this year and now the company is moving onto more traditional fare by detailing its ES8 crossover.

Unveiled earlier this year, the ES8 is a “high performance electric SUV” that features a bold design which will likely provoke strong reactions. While its styling won’t win everyone over, NIO says the model has an all-aluminum body and chassis as well as the “highest amount of aluminum for any mass production car.”

The seven-seat interior is decidedly more appealing as it features high quality materials and advanced technology. Notable highlights include Nappa leather upholstery, a digital instrument cluster, and a large infotainment system with a portrait orientation. Owners will also find a front “lounge seat” and an air quality system that includes an activated carbon and HEPA filter as well as a negative ion generator.

Motivation is provided by two electric motors which produce a combined output of 643 hp (480 kW) and 619 lb-ft (840 Nm) of torque. This enables the all-wheel drive crossover to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in just 4.4 seconds.

The ES8 is powered by a 70 kWh battery pack which enables the model to have an NEDC range of 220 miles (355 km). When the battery is depleted, it can be swapped out for a fully recharged battery in approximately three minutes. The company plans to build over 1,100 Power Swap Stations in the future and they will be joined by over 1,200 Power Mobile vehicles which can give the ES8 enough juice to travel up to 100 km (62 miles) after a ten minute charge.

On the technology front, the ES8 will come with NIO Pilot which is described as an advanced driver assistance system. It uses a total of 23 sensors including a trifocal front-facing camera, four exterior cameras, five millimeter-wave radars, a driver monitor camera, and 12 ultrasonic sensors. Thanks to the various cameras and sensors, the crossover has automatic emergency braking, traffic jam assist, and highway pilot. Other features include blind spot detection, traffic sign recognition, and a lane departure warning system.

Besides the high-tech safety features, the ES8 comes equipped with NOMI which is being billed as the “the world’s first in-car AI system.” NIO says NOMI is a “fun, expressive, and intuitive companion that can listen, talk, and help drivers along the way.”

In China, pricing starts at ¥448,000 ($67,715) and the company has plans to offer 10,000 Founder’s Editions for ¥548,000 ($82,824). The company will also offer a battery rental plan for ¥1,280 ($193) per month which will knock ¥100,000 ($15,114) off the purchase price of the ES8.

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  • jsz00

    Wow more stylish, practical, at half of the price of Model X? Deal me in.

  • lagunas3ca

    Take it from Nio Founder and Chairman William Li when he says, “It’s hard to assume” how this (ES8) will affect Tesla’s sales in China.

    PS> This doesn’t look like BMW’s X7 concept at all…

    • mccarluvr123

      This was originally unveiled before the BMW concept so….

  • ediotsavant

    Very distinctive and attractive design. I’m impressed.

  • LWOAP

    I’d take this over a Model X any day.

  • INTERIOR IS VERY NICE BUT THE EXTERIOR IS BUTT UGLY.

  • TheBelltower

    Looks like a$$, like something ex-Mitsubishi designers might have come up with. But a cheaper EV mid sized SUV would be welcome. Though I’d never purchase a Chinese vehicle.

  • klowik

    I still don’t trust the computer driving the car, even it’s from the U.S. or Germany.

  • pcurve

    Well who’s laughing now? Our Chinese overlords have arrived.

  • Prefiero Elanonimato

    always following mercedes?

  • smartacus

    translation:
    643HP and 220 mile range is possible,
    but 220HP and 643 mile range is not

    • Not yet, and once we reach the point where energy density in batteries would allow for such range, it would be insane to pack twice the size of battery for the annual 1-2 cases when drivers would not like to make a single stop for 600 miles straight. Expect lighter batteries and faster charging times but similar ranges as current Teslas in the future.

      • LWOAP

        I heard there was a recent breakthrough that could enable vehicles to get more range out of current battery technology but I can’t recall where I read it.

  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    damn!
    what a ugly vehicle,almost like Q7.

  • Bash

    Looks interesting.
    that logo looks like Pac-man going after another pac-man lol

  • Donal Maher

    Ending missing off the headline.
    “….and it looks like utter sh*t”

  • Yanis Benchara

    “it can be swapped out for a fully recharged battery in approximately three minutes ”
    seriously , three hours you mean ?

  • alexxx

    Wow….I am impressed…

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