NextEV is not a company that people seem to be particularly familiar with, unless they have been monitoring the nascent Formula E racing series, but this is bound to change. In the automotive world the brand is synonymous with fast technology and uncompromising performance. And the newest NIO EP9 model will skyrocket the company in the ranks of super brands like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Bugatti.
Unveiled earlier in London, only six NIO EP9s are planned, so only a handful of selected buyers will be able to get their hands on this new supercar. Capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in 2.7 seconds and from 0-200km/h in 7.1 seconds before topping out at 313km/h, the NIO EP9 is a statement of innovative vision and technical and manufacturing prowess.
Four inbound electric motors and a battery pack that requires water-cooling make the EP9 an all-wheel drive, with a combined output of 1340bhp and a range of 427km (265 miles) before the batteries are spent. They can be recharged in just 45 minutes or even swapped out for replacement units in a matter of minutes.
NextEV isn’t the only company developing plug-in electric supercars but it is the first one to introduce them into the luxury car segment. The EP9 has lapped the Nürburgring Nordschliefe in seven minutes, 5.12 seconds, earning it the title of the fastest road-legal electric car in the world. Therefore the car should be seen as a statement of intent that showcases what is possible with electric vehicles.
The EP9 will enter production next year by a mass-production electric car that will initially go on sale in China but will be rolled out globally.