The Nio EP9 Is The Koenigsegg Of The Supercar EV World


With looks and power to match the Swedish hypercar.

With four high-performance inboard motors and four individual gearboxes, the Nio EP9 has 1 MegaWatt or 1,341 horsepower at its disposal, putting it on par, in terms of ouput at least, with a Koenigsegg One:1. Revealed in London late last year, the Nio EP9, built by Chinese carmaker NextEV, has a bit of the Swedish hypercar maker in its styling too. Seen here for the first time in Shanghai, we can confirm it looks absolutely sublime in the metal, or to be more precise, in the carbon. The EP9 has a carbon cockpit and chassis, after all.

This keeps the strength high and attempts to keep the weight low (it weighs in at a hefty 1,735 kg). As you can imagine, it’s also incredibly aerodynamically efficient, achieving 24,000 Newtons of downforce at 150 mph and 3Gs in the corners. The car has an interchangeable battery system and is designed to be charged in just 45 minutes. Normal driving will see a range of an impressive 265 miles. Not that owners will be concerned with range anxiety in their $1.3-million track weapon. The all-electric supercar has obliterated every other EV's performance figures, including a Nurburgring lap time of 7:05 minutes, smashing the EV record by some 15 seconds, and claiming a record lap time at the Circuit of the Americas.

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The Nio EP9 gets to 124 mph in just 7.1 seconds and can hit a top speed of 195 mph. Oh, and did we mention that it’s autonomous? In fact, it’s the fastest autonomous car in the world as confirmed by its fully autonomous lap time of two minutes and 40.33 seconds at the COTA. Company CEO, William Li, confirmed in Shanghai this week that while six units have already been produced for investors, Nio plans to build 10 more EP9s made to order, each costing $1.48 million.