Tesla China rival Nio ups competition with new electric sedan

Darnell Taylor
January 11, 2021

Over 260 users joined the event planning and organization, while around 200 users in Chengdu voluntarily picked up users and guests from across the country with the warmest welcome at the airport and train stations.

Notwithstanding, Nio's new sedan will go head-to-head with Tesla's best-selling Model 3, of which more than 120,000 were sold in China a year ago. But it does have a terrific acronym for its Nio Autonomous Driving system, or NAD. Nio is aiming to expand its product lineup to attract more customers.

Mind you, Nio doesn't appear to be making this battery itself, so that monster solid-state pack will likely be available to other manufacturers that work with the same supplier.

The interior of the ET7 has been luxuriously designed.

ET7 also boasts NIO's 2nd generation smart cockpit which adopts the 3rd Generation Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Automotive Cockpit Platform with the most powerful in-car mobile connectivity and communication capability. It also has support for the world's first UWB digital key using which it can unlock easily.

Similarly, the cabin is meant to be an extension of your living space, with hidden air vents, new-age renewable materials and an incredible 23 speakers, 1,000 watts and 7.1.4 surround sound.

Nio ET7 electric sedan has 620 miles of range and an incredibly powerful self-driving system
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Inheriting NIO's high-performance DNA, ET7 features a 0-100 km/h acceleration of 3.9 seconds and a 100-0 km/h braking distance of 33.5 meters. You can't exactly call it "seamless", but it's good enough for an excellent drag coefficient of 0.23 cd.

Nio, often billed as the Tesla of China, is already accepting orders for the ET7 and plans to start deliveries in 2022. Unfortunately, the exact price of the Extended Edition is unknown at the moment. The 3rd Generation Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platform is created to deliver highly intuitive AI experiences on the NIO ET7 and rich visual experiences with support for multiple displays throughout the vehicle, providing the NOMI in-car AI system, as well as interactions on in-vehicle displays with exceptional support for heterogenous computing capabilities.

Nio also took the opportunity to introduce its Aquila Sensing ADAS tech packed into the ET7, which can see further, react faster and overall provide a larger safety net, courtesy high resolution cameras, longer-range LiDAR and more goodies poking out from the body of the ET7.

Either way, there's a monthly subscription fee for the NAD service (a line item I wouldn't want to explain to my wife on the bank statement), so if you aren't impressed by it you can flat out stop paying for it.

The 84 kWh pack in 2019 was at 180 Wh/kg (on the pack level). It comes with better efficiency and higher energy density capacity.

The company has also introduced the new 150 KWh battery. Each station will keep 13 full packs in its inventory and will be capable of handling as many as 312 battery pack swaps per day. And now the auto has also been integrated to park automatically in the swap station. The ET7 is no exception and there are now 177 power swap stations in China that offer the service. Nio has hundreds of locations for battery swapping in China and has announced the deployment of a second-generation version of the system.

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