Electric vehicles are coming a long way in a short amount of time. Automakers like Tesla are pushing the envelope and pouring tons of research and development into EV projects and it’s showing. Another EV maker pushing the envelope is China’s NextEV and their NIO EP9 looks like it is the fastest EV coming to market. The NIO EP9 lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in seven minutes and five seconds beating the previous EV record by seventeen seconds. Before we go on about this EV supercar, take a look at the NIO EP9 at Nürburgring Nordschleife in the video below.
0-62 mph is achieved in 2.7 seconds making it a little slower off the line than the Tesla Model S P100D, but it will hit a top speed of 194mph. The 777 volt powertrain develops 1 Megawatt of power – the equivalent of 1,341bhp. At its heart are two lithium batteries hooked up to four electric motors – one for each wheel – making the EP9 a four-wheel-drive hypercar.
Full battery charging is said to be achieved in 45 minutes and the range of the car is 265 miles. The batteries can also be changed in 8 minutes. While it’s just a bit slower than the Tesla Model S P100D off the line, it is certainly gunning for the king of performance for EV’s. The larger difference between the P100D and NIO EP9 is going to be the price tag. NextEV says each EP9 will cost $1.2 million dollars to build which is going to most certainly lock out many buyers. The P100D will cost a prospective buyer just around $135,000 which is still no small amount of money but significantly cheaper than the EP9.
Either way, it’s nice to see more EV cars like this. Sure, not everyone can rush out and buy an EP9 or even a P100D but it’s great to see the technology maturing. Eventually, the technology will evolve and come down in price where it becomes more affordable for more practical vehicle uses.
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