The ES8 will receive a more formal launch announcement later this year, according to Nio.
"We've also realised that for a vision of the future, cars no longer need to be, let's say, very cold, mechanical, technical", Tomasson adds. The starting price is a cool $1.48 million. Electric vehicles are definitely a big deal in China and the NIO ES8 is a good addition. It is a full-sized seven-seater electric SUV. It is a best-in-class product that showcases what is possible with electric vehicles.
No range figure has been given for the ES8, but the brand did reveal that the vehicle is powered by two electric motors; one for the front wheels and one for the rear, and also has adaptive air suspension. The length of the vehicle is over 196 inches long and the wheelbase is over 118 inches long. What the fledging auto maker did reveal is its SUV will make a radical departure from other pure-electric vehicles by coming with the option of swappable battery packs. I am proud of our relentless focus on vision and action.
It has racecar-like aero that means it can generate more than 2.5 lateral G. All the better for nabbing lap records around the Nürburgring and the Circuit of the Americas. This clearly made the world's rich vehicle lovers very sad, because it looks like Nio has had at least ten more one-per-centers on the phone, hinting that should it build more, they'd gladly buy one. NIO has thousands of world-class R&D and design experts from around the world with significant technology and management background from leading automobile and high tech companies. In October, NIO USA announced that it was issued an Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit by the California DMV and it would begin testing on public roads under the Autonomous Vehicle Tester Program guidelines as it progresses on its path to bring autonomy to market.