A megawatt of power and 265-mile range let the EP9 be ultra quick and quite efficient.
China’s NextEV is finally revealing its electric hypercar – the Nio EP9. While the low-slung coupe doesn’t have a very catchy name, the colossal 1,341-horsepower (1,000-kilowatt) output should definitely grab attention. The firm will also market its future products under the Nio brand name.
The EP9 features four electric motors and each one has its own gearbox. The result of this high-tech setup is the ability reach 62 miles per hour from a standing start (100 kilometers per hour) in 2.7 seconds and hit 124 mph (200 kph) in 7.1 seconds. It tops out at 195 mph (313 kph). The drivetrain also gives the hypercar a range of 265 miles (427 km).
The massive amount of grunt allows the electric hypercar to lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife in just 7:05.12, which makes it the quickest EV ever around the famous track. That’s impressive circuit by any measure, though. The time is quicker than the Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition’s 7:14, Dodge Viper ACR’s 7:12.13, and Nissan GT-R Nismo’s 7:08.69. There has been a massive evolution in EV performance in the last few years. For example, the track-only Toyota PV E002 managed an EV record for the time of 7:22:329 in 2012.
The EP9 looks low, lean, and futuristic. The design follows the supercar pack of being equally minimalist and aggressive. The interior goes for a similar mix of appearing purposeful and cutting edge. Drivers also get a great view out the front from the broad windshield that wraps around the cabin.
NextEV isn’t yet announcing when EP9 deliveries begin or saying how much the hypercar costs. However, earlier speculation put the price at $1 million or more, which seems likely for a model with this level of performance.
Gallery: NextEV Nio EP9
NEXTEV LAUNCHES NIO BRAND AND WORLD’S FASTEST ELECTRIC CAR
NextEV’s global brand NIO embodies the car company of the future
Unveils the NIO EP9 electric supercar - the world’s fastest electric car
NIO EP9 has beaten the fastest Nürburgring Nordschliefe EV lap time, achieving 7mins 5.12s
November 21st, London - Today, at a launch event at the Saatchi Gallery in London, UK, electric car company NextEV unveiled its brand, NIO. This visionary electric car brand will help users rediscover the ‘joyful lifestyle’ of car ownership by creating inspiring vehicles that deliver superior performance, a new benchmark for aesthetic design and unique user experiences.
Additionally, the company unveiled its electric supercar, the NIO EP9, which has achieved a new lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschliefe. On October 12th 2016, the EP9 lapped the 20.8km ‘Green Hell’ in 7m 05.12s, beating the previous EV lap record held, marking it out as the fastest electric car in the world. Additionally, on November 4th, it smashed the EV record at Circuit Paul Ricard in France, recording a time of 1m 52.78s, eclipsing the previous record of 2m 40s.
With four high-performance inboard motors and four individual gearboxes,the EP9 delivers 1-MegaWatt of power, equivalent to 1,360PS. The EP9 accelerates from 0-200kph in 7.1 seconds and has a top speed of 313kph. With an interchangeable battery system, the EP9 is designed to be charged in 45 minutes and has a range of 427 kilometres.
The carbon cockpit and chassis embodies a new approach to performance vehicle design to handle the physical demands of a car with 3G cornering capabilities, with added structural solidity and aero efficiency. The EP9 is capable of achieving 24,000 Newtons of downforce at 240kph.
NextEV Founder and Chairman, William Li, said: “Today we 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. 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.”