Innovation: Nio EP9 is worlds fastest electric car by Chinese firm NextEV
William Li is 42 years old and multimillionaire. The Chinese set up in his home, the Internet platform BitAuto and one of the largest providers of marketing services for the Chinese automotive industry. Two years ago, he entered the market with his company NextEV and Automaker Nio.
Nio EP9 is world’s fastest electric car.
As the first step, he presented to the public: Li unveiled in London the electric car Nio EP9. It has 1000 kW, which corresponds to 1360 hp. And it weighs around 1.7 tons.
The car collections of a few Chinese super riches are improved. Currently, according to Li, there are six copies of the Nio EP9, one of which belongs to him, the other five are already sold to customers from China. NextEV did not reveal the price of the car, but Design chief Kris Tomasson counts the “production value” to 1.2 million dollars.
If you ask Li and Tomasson, who used to work for BMW and Ford among others, for more affordable models, hinted about a second car be presented at the end of 2017. To design, size and sales price, however, one would say nothing.
Nio EP9 faces fierce competition.
The NextEV event in London reminded a bit of a similar vehicle presentation that took place at the beginning of the year in Las Vegas. There, the company Faraday Future was also founded by a Chinese millionaire, also an electric car: with 735 kW, which corresponds to at least 1,000 horsepower . The highlight of the car was the chassis, which supposedly should be variable and as a platform for further models. In addition, Faraday promised to build a factory in the US state of Nevada, where E-Mobile should run off the battery with batteries that are twice as powerful as those of established manufacturers.
It was recently known that Faraday Future stopped working in the factory and several executives left the company. Apparently, the flow of money is stagnating.
Should we expect something more from NextEV? And why does it always have to be a completely lifted supercar and not an every day to kick electric car for the mass market?
“Great place to stay”
Stefan Bratzel warns against underestimating the start-ups from China: “Some Chinese manufacturers are to be taken seriously in the field of electric mobility”, says the director of the Center of Automotive Management in Bergisch Gladbach. “In the medium and long term, they could even become a threat to European producers.”
After the establishment two years ago, NextEV has already spread globally. Headquartered in Shanghai, the company is located in Nanjing, with engineering, research and development centers located in San Jose, Beijing, Hong Kong and London. There is also a NextEV location in Germany: the headquarters of the design office as well as the brand and product development are located in Munich. In the upmarket district of Bogenhausen, 75 designers from 26 nations are currently working, and NextEV employs almost 2000 people worldwide.
NextEV Nio EP9: This is the Nürburgring record holder.
“A few colleagues come from Audi, BMW, Bentley, Aston Martin, Mercedes and Alfa Romeo,” says Design chief Tomasson, a clear greeting to the European establishment. But his boss fights: “Our ambition is to establish the Nio brand first in China before we think about export,” says William Li. Speaking of the fate of Faraday Future comes after a short smile A self-confident message: “We will make it different, above all better.”
Technology from the Formula E, less range than Opel.
That NextEV debuted with a 1360-horsepower car, depends on other things with the company’s investment in the formula E together. There, in the 2014/2105 season, the Chinese picked themselves up the title in the driver’s ranking. A technology transfer takes place between racing and small-scale production. Thus, the two battery packs of the Nio EP9 should be exchanged in eight minutes as needed and be completed within 45 minutes. The Chinese promise a distance of 427 kilometers, but they do not want to reveal the capacity of the batteries or the cell’s supplier.
Battery experts believe, however, that this is the crux of e-mobility. The recently announced production car Opel Ampera E has on the data sheet, a longer range are available as of Nio EP9, the same applies to the models of Tesla .
If the specification of 1360 refers to the range of kilometers and not to the PS performance, the Nio EP9 would be a sensation. But the car is “a marketing mesh,” says Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, head of the Center Automotive Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen. On the other hand, according to his opinion, a know-how advantage in cell research is “not recognizable in China”.
Whether William Li with sensible e-mobiles will really contribute to the exhaust gas smog above the Chinese metropolises is still to be seen. For the time being, he has only improved the world at the Nürburgring, where his Nio EP9 recently broke the round record for electric cars. The new record is now at 7: 05.12 minutes.