New NIO Eve Concept Announced For Auto China

NIO has revealed plans to unveil a “new variation” of its Eve concept at Auto China 2018.

The company is staying tight-lipped on specifics but the original Eve concept was unveiled last year as a fully autonomous vehicle which Faraday Future’s Nick Sampson claimed was a “poor clone” of their FF91.

While the two models shared some styling similarities, the Eve was envisioned as the future of transportation as it had a digital companion named NOMI which was powered by artificial intelligence. The company claimed the system would continuously learn about the interests of passengers and tailor information to meet their specific needs.

The original Eve also featured a lounge-like interior which could accommodate up to six different people. Notable highlights included fold out tables, a reclining rear seat and windows which could transition from transparent to opaque. The concept also had a glass roof and a panoramic windscreen which used to augmented reality to display information.

The concept had a number of high-tech connectivity features including the ability to recognize other Eve vehicles. The models could share information between themselves and work together to platoon to improve efficiency.

There’s no word on what the latest Eve concept will entail but NIO will also use Auto China to showcase the ES8 crossover and the high-performance EP9. The latter model is the more flashy of the two as it features supercar styling and lapped the Nürburgring in 6 minutes and 45.90 seconds.

The ES8, on the other hand, is a luxurious crossover which features aluminum bodywork and electric powertrain that consists of two electric motors and a 70 kWh battery pack. This enables the all-wheel drive model to produce 643 hp (480 kW) and 619 lb-ft (840 Nm) of torque. The ES8 can also accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.4 seconds and travel 220 miles (355 km) on a single charge in the NEDC cycle.

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Note: 2017 Nio Eve concept pictured

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