NIO will have autonomous electric vehicles in the U.S. market in 2020.
The company also unveiled “NIO EVE” – the embodiment of their vision for
the future of autonomous cars.
“We're excited about having
autonomous electric cars for U.S. consumers in 2020,” stated Padmasree
Warrior, US CEO. “Today we also unveiled our vision for the car of the
future, focused on delivering unmatched user experience through leading
edge, software defined hardware.” Warrior continued, “In 2015, commuters
in the U.S. spent over 8 billion hours in their cars commuting. NIO's
autonomous electric cars will make your journey safe, productive and
enjoyable. Our cars will be your companion and will know your needs,
they will be a welcoming living space that moves you. We look forward to
producing the first of the next generation of cars for the U.S.
consumer. We know you will be delighted by NIO.”
INTRODUCING: NIO EVE
NIO EVE, our vision car, showcases the future of autonomous driving.
From daily commuting to road trips, from school runs to nights out, EVE
constantly learns about its occupants and their preferences. It is a
digital companion, a robot on wheels. At EVE's heart lies NOMI, an
artificial intelligence engine with an intuitive human interface,
providing verbal and visual connections both within the vehicle and with
the outside world. Nomi uses the vehicle's active glass to provide an
augmented vision for occupants and for new kinds of entertainment.
Doing away with conventional A and B pillars of the car and using
optimized door cuts, the comfortable and inviting interior is accessed
through a wide forward-sliding door. The fixed seats are belted and
positioned to deliver flexibility and an enhanced feeling of openness.
In the primary seating area, a discrete folding table creates work or
play space, while a luxurious seat that reclines and allows for
relaxation or even sleep. The forward two seats, accessed from the main
interior, enjoy an enhanced panoramic view, with digital displays
provided on the active glass when needed to support non-autonomous
driving. EVE is designed from the inside out for autonomy.
BLENDING AUTONOMY AND SPEED:
NIO’s EP9 SUPERCAR BREAKS MAJOR LAP RECORDS
November 2016, the company unveiled its electric supercar, the NIO EP9,
which achieved a new lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschliefe. On
October 12 2016, the EP9 lapped the 20.8km ‘Green Hell’ in 7m 05.12s,
beating the previous EV lap record held, making it the fastest electric
car in the world. Additionally, on November 4, it smashed the EV record
at Circuit Paul Ricard in France, recording a time of 1m 52.78s,
eclipsing the previous record of 2m 40s.
On February 23, the NIO EP9 drove autonomously without any
interventions, recording a time of 2m 40.33s at a top speed of 160 miles
per hour. The same day, the NIO EP9 also beat the fastest COTA lap time
for a production car, achieving a lap time of 2m 11.30s and reaching a
top speed of 170 miles per hour.
With four high-performance inboard motors and four individual gearboxes,
the EP9 delivers 1-MegaWatt of power, equivalent to 1342BHP. The EP9
accelerates from 0-124 mph in 7.1 seconds and has a top speed of 194mph.
With an interchangeable battery system, the EP9 is designed to be
charged in 45 minutes and has a range of 265 miles.
MOBILEYE, NVIDIA and NXP JOIN NIO IN THE U.S. AS KEY PARTNERS
Padmasree Warrior also announced that NIO in the United States is
partnering with Mobileye, NVIDIA and NXP.