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The Tesla Model S-Rivalling Nio ET7 Has 644bhp An A 150kWh Battery

Nio has revealed its latest electric vehicle, which is available wit ha giant 150kWh battery pack

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Nio had an interesting entry into this world. The Chinese company’s first-ever product was the EP9 hypercar, except, technically it wasn’t. As far as we can work out, Nio’s main involvement was sending a big stack of cash to RML, the UK motorsport company which did the development work.

Fast forward a few years, and Nio has dispensed with the marketing silliness and has filled out a range of electric cars with a little more real-world relevance. The latest, the ET7, is perhaps the most convincing of the lot.

It’s best thought of as Nio’s take on the Tesla Model S, although it’s a little bigger, coming in a few centimetres longer than a Mercedes S-Class. Within its steel/aluminium body structure, you can have a monster 150kWh battery pack, giving an NEDC range of up to 621 miles (1000 kilometres).

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There’s an induction motor for the rear axle and a permanent magnet motor at the front making for combined outputs of 644bhp and 627lb ft of torque. 0-62mph (presumably not with the 150kWh battery pack onboard) is 3.9 seconds.

For those happy to sacrifice a little range for a reduced price and a lower weight figure, there’s also a 70kWh model with a 310-mile range or a 100kWh unit which will keep going for up to 435 miles.

Nio dubs the ET7 its “first autonomous driving model,” boasting 33 “high-performance sensing units,” 11 eight megapixel cameras, LiDAR, five radar units and much more besides. The firm hasn’t attributed an SAE driving level to the car as of yet.

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On the inside, there’s a minimalist cabin dominated by - you guessed it - a giant touchscreen infotainment system. The 12.8-inch display is said to have the “world’s first in-car AI system,” although we’re more interested in the 7.1.4 23-speaker surround sound system and its 1000-watt output. It’s fitted as standard on all versions of the ET7.

Speaking of, Nio is charging 448,000 yuan for the cheapest one, which works out as just over £50,000. The most expensive meanwhile is 526,000 yuan (around £50,000). A European launch is on the cards, although it’ll likely be pricier than that once it reaches the continent.