Official Nio ET5, ET7 and EL7: 1000 km of autonomy, charging in 5 minutes and subscription to Netflix

Official Nio ET5, ET7 and EL7: 1000 km of autonomy, charging in 5 minutes and subscription to Netflix

Nio, the Chinese builder who created the electric vehicle with a 1,000 km autonomy and a battery exchange system that allows it to be recharged in five minutes, officially launches its ET5, ET7 and EL7 (ES7 ) In Europe. With a subscription offer, without commitment.

Child ET7
Child ET7

During an official presentation in Berlin, Germany, the Chinese manufacturer Nio presents the European versions of its electric cars Nio ET5, ET7 and EL7. The latter is sold under the name ES7 in China. Prices and availability, here you have everything you need to know about its three cars (two sedans and one SUV) with a very attractive technical sheet.

850 km of autonomy and 5 minutes to “recharge”

These three new electric cars are very promising. In fact, the versions with greater autonomy promise up to 1,000 km of theoretical autonomy in the mixed-cycle Chinese CLTC, that is, approximately 850 km in the European WLTP cycle.

Above all, these three vehicles are compatible with the battery exchange system (Nio Power Swap Station) that is being developed in Europe. The latter currently has six stations (three in Norway and three in Germany) and the Chinese manufacturer plans to have 20 by the end of the year, 120 in 2023 and 500 in 2025, in addition to 500 in the US. Compare with the 1,000 stations deployed in Chinese today.

This is Nio’s secret weapon, allowing you to “recharge” your battery (or rather swap it out for a 90% full one) in around five minutes. Compare with the 18 minutes needed, in the best of cases, to recharge a battery from 10 to 80% with the best electric cars of the moment in terms of fast charging.

Three different batteries, for purchase or rent

Nio ET5, ET7 and ES7 will be available with three different batteries on its NT2 platform: 75 kWh (standard range), 100 kWh (Long Range) and 150 kWh (Ultra Long Range). About the WLTP mixed cycle, Nio promises maximum autonomy of 445 and 580 kmdepending on the size of the tires, in the 75 and 100 kWh versions.

The version 150 kWh, which is a semi-solid battery, a first in the auto industry for a production car, is finally overdue. This is how it will see the light in China during the first quarter of 2023 instead of the end of 2022 as initially planned. Then we will have to wait a few months for Europe.

Nio ET7 // Source: Nio

It has not yet been approved in the Old Continent, so we only have an estimate of 850 km of autonomy. A record since the Mercedes-Benz EQS and its 107.8 kWh battery announce a combined WLTP range of 725 km. However, a version with different wheels than the German limousine could offer up to 780 km of autonomy.

Keep in mind, though, that Nio thinks the 150 kWh version won’t sell much, because of its price, but also because it’s useless in most cases. Remember that most manufacturers, such as BMW or Tesla, agree that a range of more than 800 km is useless.

As we can see, consumption is not yet at the level of Tesla or Mercedes, since autonomy is less than equivalent battery capacity. For comparison, the Tesla Model S offers around 650 km of range with a 100 kWh battery.

The real speed of recharging, the weak point of Nio’s cars

The important thing is the recharge speed, which Nio wins with its battery swapping technology. It’s not the only manufacturer to offer this, with Chinese battery giant CATL offering an identical solution in China, called Evogo, but also SAIC, the parent company of the MG brand.

Nio Power Exchange Station // Source: Nio

Be careful though, as charging speeds outside of battery swap stations are low compared to the competition. In fact, there is talk of a maximum power of 140 kW, compared to 250 kW for Tesla or 270 kW for Porsche, for example.

It then takes 30 minutes to go from 10% to 80% with the 75 kWh battery, and 40 minutes with the 100 kWh battery. For the 150 kWh battery, Nio confirmed that charging would take longer,about 50 minutes at first sight.

Price and availability in Europe

We have already introduced Nio ET5, Nio ET7 and Nio EL7 (ES7) in detail when they were launched in China in dedicated articles, so we will focus here on their deployment in Europe.

The Nio ET7, the most luxurious car from the Chinese manufacturer that competes with the Tesla Model S and the Mercedes-Benz EQS, will initially be available in Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden with the first deliveries scheduled for October 16.

Child ET7
Child ET7

In Norway, it begins from 78,000 euros taxes included, with the 75 kWh version. The 100 kWh version costs 85,000 euros.

It is also possible to rent the battery (BaaS for battery as a service), for 130 or 190 euros per month depending on capacity. The cost of the car then starts at 67,000 euros including taxes.

The Nio 5, the little brother of the Nio ET7, which can be compared to the Tesla Model 3, is available to order, but with deliveries scheduled from January 2023. The Nio EL7 (ES7) can also be ordered, and is expected the first deliveries. in March 2023.

Cars available by subscription without commitment

If in Norway you can buy all three cars, the same does not happen in other European countries. Nio offers a non-binding subscription or lease (LLD). Here are the prices and autonomy of the different versions.

Model WLTP autonomy Price (Norway + 20% VAT) Germany price (LLD 36 months) Germany price (subscription without obligation)
Nio ET5 (75kWh) 405 – 445km €67,000 (estimate) €999 €1,249
Nio ET5 (100kWh) 525 – 585km coming €1,175 €1,440
Nio ET7 (75kWh) 353 – 445km €78,000 €1,199 €1,549
Nio ET7 (100kWh) 505 – 585km €85,000 €1,311 €1,660
Nio EL7 (75kWh) 372 – 394km €87,000 (estimate) €1,299 €1,699
Nio EL7 (100kWh) 486 – 513km coming €1,435 €1,799

In the first case, this means that the car will belong to Nio, and that will make it available to your tenant through a monthly subscription, without commitment. A bit like the Netflix of cars. In case of leasing, Nio will sell the car to a lessor. The latter then asks the rental company for the monthly rent.

Child ET7
Child ET7

Nio is taking a financial risk here with its subscription system, as the company will not be able to recover any money. In fact, there will be no sale, the car will remain the property of the manufacturer.

France from 2024, with a more affordable brand

The second wave, scheduled for the end of 2023, will allow Nio to expand to other countries: Great Britain, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland. For the France, Spain and ItalyWe will have to wait until 2024.

But be careful, we must not a priori, not to see Nio electric cars rolling anytime soon in France. In fact, the Chinese manufacturer has confirmed its plan to launch another brand with more affordable vehicles. And it is this future brand that would land in France.

The Nio ES8 and ES6 are going to be updated

Nio also announces that the current ES8 and ES6 SUVs will be available next year in version 2.0, equipped with the new NT2 platform. Called Nio Adam Super Computing, the hardware architecture integrates four Nvidia Orin X chips for autonomous driving and third-generation Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit platforms for infotainment.

This future version should also integrate the LiDAR found in the Nio ET7, ET5 and EL7, which should ultimately allow level 3 autonomous driving to be offered.

See you next Monday for our detailed and exclusive review of the Nio ET7.

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