NIO takes wraps off ES8 electric SUV, accepts pre-orders for EP9 super car

By CARSIFU | 20 April 2017

SHANGHAI: NIO has unveiled the ES8, its new vehicle for the China market that is planned for serial production later this year, and announced it will begin taking pre-orders of its flagship supercar, the NIO EP9.

The NIO ES8 is a full size 7-seater electric SUV with a 2-3-2 seating arrangement. The length of the vehicle is over 196 inches long and the wheelbase is over 118 inches long. The ES8 has an all-aluminium body and chassis, front and rear motors with electric all-wheel drive, and active air suspension.

The ES8 features the “design identity” of every NIO vehicle: the X-bar and signature “Spark Beat” tail lights. The vehicle’s swappable battery promises a charging experience that surpasses refuelling at gas stations. The manufacturing and supply chain that will produce the ES8 is said to be in place.


NIO said the ES8 has been tested in hot and cold climates for thousands of miles.

The ES8’s official launch will take place at the end of this year, with deliveries expected to begin next year.

NIO also announced it will begin pre-selling the fastest electric car in the world, its flagship supercar, the NIO EP9. The first batch of six EP9s produced were for investors. NIO plans to produce a second batch of 10 EP9s, and each one will be made to order. The NIO EP9 is priced at US$1.48 million.

The EP9.
The EP9.

In November 2016, NIO unveiled the fastest electric car in the world, the EP9, by setting the track record on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. In February 2017, it also set the record for fastest autonomous lap with the EP9 at the Circuit of the Americas|.

Among the 11 cars on display at the NIO booth were two NIO Formula E race cars and its vision car EVE.