Nio have unveiled the ET7, an electric sedan that promises to have autonomous capabilities and is also set to be powered by solid state batteries in the future. There are two versions of the ET7 that will be made available by the Chinese company.
The first option lets consumers drive 500 kilometers (about 310 miles) on a full battery for 448,000 yuan (about $69,000). The other option, while a little more expensive, is expected to cover 700 kilometers (about 435 miles) for 506,000 yuan (about $78,000). The project is expected to be made available in markets next year.
An additional option will be made available for consumers, which is labeled as the Premier Edition, and is set to be priced at 526,000 yuan (roughly $81,000).
Inside the ET7, a 12.8-inch OLED display pops out from the center of the dashboard, powered by the newest automotive-rated version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor.
A digital instrument cluster sits behind the steering wheel, and Nio’s little ball-shaped AI robot, Nomi, is perched on top of the dashboard. The ET7 is powered by a 180kW electric motor up front and a 300 kW motor in the rear, which combine to make more than 600 horsepower.
Nio is also developing a solid-state battery pack that it says can push the range over 1,000 kilometers, or about 621 miles. (It should be noted that Nio is using the far more optimistic NEDC standard, meaning real-world range might not live up to these claims.)
That pack will become available in late 2022, Nio says, and will be compatible with the company’s three existing SUVs as well, should customers want to swap in a much longer-range option.