NIO Launches First Autonomous Driving Model ET7 *New
by Becky Harrison |
posted 12 January 2021
NIO launched its first autonomous driving model in the Chinese city of Chengdu. The smart electric flagship sedan NIO ET7 features NIO’s latest NAD (NIO Autonomous Driving) technology based on NIO Aquila Super Sensing and NIO Adam Supercomputer. NAD brings safer and more relaxing autonomous driving from point A to point B, gradually covering use cases such as expressway, urban driving, parking, and battery swap.
ET7 breaks the norm by integrating high-performance sensors naturally into the body. The ET7 is 5,098 mm in length, 1,987 mm in width and 1,505 mm in height with a wheelbase of 3,060 mm. The dual beam LED headlights and the double-dash daytime running lights echo with the crystal-like heartbeat taillight to form a streamlined silhouette.
The interior of ET7 is a further interpretation of the second living room concept: a refined and cosy mobile living space. A frameless soft-closing door comes standard for easy entry and exit. ET7 also marks the first application of Karuun® renewable rattan on a production model for a green and natural experience. The standard massage seats with heating and ventilation offer a reassuring and comfortable experience for every passenger.
NIO’s second-generation smart cockpit on the ET7 has enhanced in-car mobile connectivity and communication capability enabled by the third Generation Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Automotive Cockpit Platform. The new 12.8" AMOLED centre display has greatly improved resolution and contrast. The world’s first in-car AI system, NOMI continues to evolve. The 7.1.4 immersive sound system with 23 speakers and 1,000W total output is standard on all trim levels.
The ET7 has inherited NIO’s high-performance DNA with a 180-kW permanent magnet motor in the front and a 300-kW induction motor in the rear. Maximum power is rated at 480 kW with peak torque at 850 Nm. The ET7 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and has a stopping distance from 100 km/h of 33.5 m.
With a drag coefficient of 0.23 Cd and the application of the second-generation high efficiency electric drive platform with silicon carbide power module, the energy efficiency is further improved. With a 70-kWh battery pack, the ET7 has an NEDC range of over 500 km, or over 700 km with a 100-kWh battery. When coupled with the new 150 kWh battery, ET7 boasts an NEDC range over 1,000 km.
The ET7 is designed to meet both China and Euro NCAP five-star safety standard. The 4D dynamic control based on high-definition maps and high-resolution sensors can detect road conditions and actively adjust the suspension for a more comfortable ride.
The ET7 is a smart electric flagship saloon with over 100 standard comfort, safety and smart features. With a NEDC range of over 1,000 km, and over 1,000 TOPS computing power, the ET7 sets the new standard for premium electric vehicles. This NIO is currently only sold in China and it’s not yet known as to whether this sleek model will be available in European and UK markets.