The EP9's figures shift it into hypercar territory: Its four onboard motors and four gearboxes provide 1,300bhp, or one megawatt of power, which means it accelerates to 124mph (200kph) in 7.1 seconds. It has a top speed of 194mph and is designed to be charged in 45 minutes, with a claimed range of 265 miles. Last month, the EP9 was put through its paces at the Nurburgring and posted a lap time of 7m 5 seconds – smashing the previous record for an EV of 7m 40 seconds.
The pace of development for the EP9 has been staggering: NextEV was founded just two years ago and the car has been designed, engineered and manufactured in just 18 months by teams in Munich, San Jose, Shanghai, and London, before being finished back in China, where it goes on sale next year.
NextEV is a start-up company with backing from renowned global investors including Sequoia Capital, Lenovo and TPG. It has 2,000 staff, from Google and Facebook among other tech companies, and has just been issued a permit to begin autonomous vehicle testing on public roads in California.