Meet Chinese electric vehicle disrupter NIO
Not content with just bringing new electric cars to market, NIO have set their sights higher: they’re coming to change the way we charge our cars.
Founded in 2014 under the name ‘NextEV’, Chinese car manufacturer NIO is one of the latest brands in a long line of disrupters to tackle the electric vehicle world.
Though you might not have heard of NIO, you might’ve heard of their moderately successful Formula E team, or the very first car the brand ever produced: the EP9 supercar.
With its four motors able to produce a total of 1,341bhp (more than a Bugatti Veyron), the NIO EP9 could hit 60mph in a measly 2.7 seconds. And, back in 2017, it made headlines for being the fastest EV around the Nurburgring – though this wasn’t exactly the hardest record to beat.
Since then, NIO has been focused on mass-market electric vehicles with a difference.
Imagine a world where you could get your car from flat to full, in five minutes, without ever having to leave the comfort of your seat.
Using a battery format called CSU (chargeable, swappable, upgradeable), NIO has achieved this world. And though it sounds a little futuristic, this is technology that’s available to customers in several countries right now.
Having launched in Norway, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden (as well as its native China) already, NIO has confirmed that the UK launch will be happening next year – it won’t be long until you can get behind the wheel of your very own NIO lease.