The Chinese electric car manufacturer Nio has started deliveries of the new edition of its ES8 model. The electric SUV has been revised in many areas and is now offered with a new 100 kWh battery pack, among other things.
Nio claims to have improved its large SUV model “based on customer feedback” in more than 180 points. In addition to the optional 100 kWh battery, the interior, for example, has also been revised. The multi-touch display in the middle is now a bit larger (11.3 inches instead of 10.4 inches) and should also have a few more functions. In addition, an “intelligent charging connection cover” will now also be installed – but the company did not make it clear exactly what this function means.
The 100 kWh battery (which, as usual with Nio, should be gross values) was announced for the EC6 in January, among others. Production of the SUV coupe has been underway since February, and the third model from Nio is scheduled to be launched this September. With the 100 kWh battery, a NEDC range of up to 580 kilometres should be possible. For the other versions with 70 kWh and 84 kWh, the NEDC range is 415 and 485 kilometres respectively.
The Nio pilot system, a semi-autonomous driving assistant, was also revised as part of the update. The system is based on the EyeQ4 chip from Mobileye and is expected to offer more than 20 driving assistance functions.
The revised version has become slightly more expensive. Before subsidies, the seven-seater version costs between 468,000 and 526,000 Yuan (60,880 to 68,420 euros), the more comfortable six-seater in the rear costs 476,000 to 544,000 Yuan (61,920 to 70,760 euros). So far the basic version has cost around 57,000 euros.
Nio can currently use every yuan they can get since the company raised doubts about its own future when it announced its financial figures for 2019 in March. At the time, Nio stated that the company’s financial resources were not sufficient to ensure the necessary liquidity for continuous operations over the next twelve months.