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Production-ready NIO ES8 SUV revealed

18th April 2017
erin_baker_headshot.jpg Erin Baker

Nio, the Chinese electric car company which unveiled the EP9 hypercar at the end of last year at the Saatchi Gallery on the Kings Road in Chelsea, has launched its first mass production electric car at the Shanghai Auto Show, as well as opening the order books on the EP9.

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The new mass-production car, available only in China at launch, will be called the ES8, and is a seven-seater "high-performance" electric SUV.
 
The SUV has an aluminium body and chassis, active air suspension and front and rear motors for all-wheel drive. Nio describes the "design identity" of the car as having the family "X-bar and signature Spark Beat tail lights". While the ES8 will be built for the Chinese market only, it's worth keeping an eye on, because Nio is a truly global start-up, with a German design centre, an autonomous-car public testing licence in California and engineering capabilities in the UK. The company has a strong presence in Formula E, and backers include Sequoia Capital, Lenovo and Tencent.
 
The Nio EP9 electric hypercar, which is now available to order, will cost 1.48m USD.
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