British car company NextEV has unveiled its latest creation, the NIO EP9, which, they believe, is the world’s fastest electric vehicle. Baroque Ground investigates
NextEV, a Chinese FIA Formula E Championship manufacturer, which is based in the UK, launched its first project, the NIO EP9 electric car, part of its NIO brand, at the Saatchi Gallery in London this November. The newly revealed electric vehicle apparently delivers excellent performance. In fact, in October it achieved a new electric vehicle (EV) lap record at Germany’s Nürburgring Nordschliefe, making it the fastest car in the world. It also broke the EV record at Circuit Paul Ricard in France on 4 November, recording an unprecedented time of 1 minute, 52.78 seconds – the previous record was 2 minutes, 40 seconds.
According to NextEV Founder and Chairman, William Li, “We believe that when the car ownership experience exceeds expectations, electric vehicles will become the natural choice for everyone, leading to a more sustainable tomorrow.”
The innovative new vehicle boasts four high-performance inboard motors and four individual gearboxes. It delivers 1-MegaWatt of power, which is equivalent to 1,360PS. The EP9 accelerates from 0-200kph in 7.1 seconds and has a top speed of 313km per hour. It features an interchangeable battery system and is designed to be charged in 45 minutes. Once charged, it has a range of 427 kilometers. Boasting 1,360hp, the new electric vehicle is propelled from rest to 200km per hour in 7.1 seconds and has a top speed of 313km per hour.
The EP9 will be available in China next year before being available worldwide. A price has not yet been revealed. This, the first of a range of electric supercars that NextEV plans to create in the future, is expected to match the performance of world class supercars such as the McLaren P1 and La Ferrari.
According to NextEV’s founder, the NIO EP9 was “born to push limits”. “It is a statement of our vision and technical and manufacturing capabilities… a best-in-class product that showcases what is possible with electric vehicles.” He believes that electric vehicles will become “the natural choice for everyone”. With this in mind, future cars in the NIO brand will be less expensive than the EP9, and more accessible to the man in the street.