Ever thought electric vehicles (EVs) were the lame, tree-hugging sissies of the motoring world?
NextEV has just unveiled its electric supercar, the NIO EP9, at the global launch event in London, United Kingdom.
Billed as the ‘world’s fastest electric car’, the NIO EP9 set a new record for an EV at the 20.8-kilometer Nurburgring Nordschliefe on October 12, 2016 with a lap time of just 7 minutes and 5.12 seconds.
The company also claimed the broke the EV record at the Circuit Paul Ricard in France by clocking in almost half the time at 1 minute and 52.78 seconds.
The NIO EP9 uses four high performance inboard motors to deliver 1-MegaWatt of power (equivalent to 1,360 PS) to four individual gearboxes. This allows it to go from 0-200 km/h in just 7.1 seconds all the way to a top speed of 313 km/h.
An interchangeable battery system, rechargeable in just 45 minutes, allows it to go for a 427-kilometer drive.
3G cornering is made possible by a carbon cockpit and chassis that comes with added structural solidity and aero efficiency that delivers 24,000 Newtons of downforce at 240 km/h.
Made to accommodate future technologies, the EP9 is designed to fit autonomous driving systems with its integrated e-control structure and sensor system layout.
“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,” said NextEV Founder and Chairman, William Li.