You may not have heard the name NIO before and that will be the case for a few fledgling car brands that have started up in China as EV manufacturers.
NIO are currently expanding their sales in Europe and the first NIO EVs will be arriving in the UK by early 2024.
The brand is known for taking a different approach when it comes to EVs and has pioneered battery replacement technology for their vehicles. However, they can all be bought with re-chargeable batteries too.
All of the cars from NIO arriving in Europe within the next couple of years focus on a minimalist and modern interior style. There will be many comparisons to Tesla due to the design language and battery range on offer. Prices for NIO cars are currently estimated based on their prices in other regions but they will be marketed against Tesla’s of similar uses e.g. Model 3, Model S and Model Y.
It is the ET5 that will be making it’s way to the UK first in the form of a rarity in the EV world- an estate. This will be a rival to the Tesla Model 3. The dual-motor option produces 483bhp and 700Nm of torque. That equates to a brisk 0-60 time of 4 seconds and an all-electric range of 283 miles for the 75kWh battery and 366 miles for the 100kWh option. This will be the Tesla Model 3 competition.
We don’t know when the ET7 is coming to the UK, but NIO is getting ready to launch showrooms and get cars ready to expand into the UK market as it has started to do in Europe. The ET7 is the model on offer with the longest quote range of 621 miles on a single charge thanks to an enormous 150kWh battery. This estimate has been made using the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) rather than the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) so in reality, the range will be slightly less than that as the WLTP puts vehicles through a greater range of driving conditions.
The range will still challenge a good portion of the high-end electric vehicles on offer in the UK at the current point in time and rivals the likes of the Mercedes-Benz EQS with 453 miles of range on a single charge. However, this will be the Model S
The EL7 is an EV that we have come to expect these days- it’s a crossover SUV. Deliveries have already started in mainland Europe and the original name has been changed. Originally called the ES7, Audi claimed the name was too close to their naming conventions.
The size of the EL7 means it will be in direct competition with the likes of the Audi Q8 e-tron and the Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV however, it is set to undercut them slightly on price.
The 75kWh battery option is capable of 243 miles on a single charge and the 100kWh battery option is capable of 361 miles on a single charge.
Brodit has manufactured a ProClip to fit to the dashboard of each of the NIO vehicles that have arrived in Europe and will soon arrive in the UK.