Automotive - - Nov 30,2016
Chinese car company NextEV has developed the world’s fastest electric car named, EP9, under its new flagship brand NIO.
The NIO EP9 is said to have 1360 horsepower which forces it to a speed of 160 mph in a mere 7.1 seconds. NextEv said that, their initial sales will be limited but they will eventually manufacture a flurry of advanced electric cars for the mass market.
The NIO EP9 was launched this week at the trendy Saatchi Gallery on Kings Road, London. The launch was a lavish affair with many journalists taking part from around the world. This event was filmed live on Chinese TV.
NextEV is an electric vehicle’s start-up company and in a statement they said that, their car’s performance matches to top hybrid cars like the Ferrari, McLaren and Lamborghini. It also claims to have twice as much downforce as a Formula One car at 150mph.
The company will built just six samples of the all-wheel-drive EP9, with each costing in the region of $1.2m (£960,000). NIO claims that, the car can travel up to 427km between chargers and recharging the batteries takes just 45 minutes. However, it is yet not clear if this can be charged via a public charger, a charger installed in the owner's home or via a proprietary system made by Nio and NextEV.
The EP9 uses technology borrowed from its parent company NextEV's Formula E car and is built with the same safety standards as an LMP1 racecar. Two batteries are fitted in the car's large door sills. The car has four computer screens inside and no conventional dials at all. One is on the steering wheel, another is behind it, while the third sits on the center console. The final display sits on the passenger side of the dashboard.
The NIO EP9 is a prime example of how an all-electric car can be as fast as other cars that have an internal combustion engine.