Nio premiers latest electric SUV ES6 in Shanghai

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The Chinese electric car manufacturer Nio presents its second model. The new ES6 is an electric SUV as well, but more compact and affordable than the ES8. The ES6 will be available as a five-seater or seven-seater and in different performance versions.

Nio launched the ES6 in Shanghai this weekend and thus confirmed the specification for what the EV start-up considers their Standard and Performance version.

There are two motor options with 320 and 400 kW respectively. Two battery versions are also available with 70 and 84 kWh capacity for a range of 410 and 510 km of range respectively (NEDC testing cycle). According to Nio, the larger 84 kWh battery will also become available for the first Nio ES8 series model from the 3rd quarter of 2019.

For the new ES6, Nio asks a base price of 358,000 yuan (equivalent to almost 46,000 euros) and has opened the pre-order books through the Nio app that allows some customisation. The Performance version of the electric vehicle starts at a price of 398,000 yuan (over 50,000 euros), meaning none of the versions is substantially cheaper than the ES8.

In general terms, Nio says they now run 26 stores in China. By the end of 2019, they plan to increase this number to 70. More impressively, the company wants their service network to include more than 300 locations in 2009, up from the existing 160. However, while ambitious, these targets also seem surprising given that Nio had last battled low demand for their first electric SUV as their SEC filing uncovered (we reported). Maybe the more compact ES6 will help change that.

Nio also targets the expansion of their fledgling network of battery swapping stations but fail to specify any number. They had said before however that they aim for 1,100 such battery stops by 2020 reportedly. 2020 is also the year for European market entry – at the earliest.

The electric carmaker expects deliveries of the ES6 electric SUV to start in June 2019.


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