The Nio ET Preview Concept Is A Beautifull Sedan That We Will Not Get

Starting its operations in 2014, Chinese car company Nio already reached the spotlight of the car industry. At the2019 Shanghai Auto Show, it revealed the elegant sedan-coupe called the ET Preview Concept, but you may have heard about it after the Nio EP9 set a Nurburgring lap record for electric cars. While the Nio only sells one electric SUV in China (more than 10,000 of them are on the roads), the ET Preview Concept is a rather surprising proposition for the future. In Shanghai, almost everyone revealed some sort of electric SUV, but Nio went with a fastback sedan. It is the one to compete with the likes of the Tesla Model S and the new Polestar 2. I will go on a limb here and say that it looks better than any one of them.

The Nio ET Preview Concept Is Much More Than An Electric Car

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Believe it or not, BMW i designers (ones that initially worked on the i3 and the i8) fiddled with the design and structure of the ET Preview Concept. That gives some more credibility to the company who really wants to go an extra mile with the design and the usability of its vehicles.

Speaking about the design, I have to note that Nio integrated the large panoramic roof into the design, along with cool carbon inserts.

The design as a whole is rather aerodynamic and somehow natural.

I find it pleasing, easy on the eyes, and undoubtedly beautiful. Matrix LED headlights and cool rear lights (apparently their flash replicate puls of a human hearth) take the design to a higher level. While not as impressive as the EP9, the ET Preview Concept certainly feels more realistic and actually feasible. Yet, this is only a concept - the one that, apart from presenting an all-new car, also shows the evolution of Nio’s philosophy.

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Called "One click for power," Nio’s supercharging solution includes access to Nio charging vans. Basically, for, 40 bucks a month, you can summon a charging van that will come to the designated location and swap the depleted battery in your Nio for the charged one. Apparently, this is so popular that the charging service has already been used over 93,000 times.

The Nio ET Preview Concept has a high-density nickel-cobalt-manganese battery pack that provides up to 317 miles of range for the sedan.

Those figures are according to the Chinese version of the European NDEC testing procedure, so take that as you will. If the EPA assessed its abilities, its range would fall to 240-250 miles

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The ET Preview Concept is quite powerful too - its 220-kW motor combo (permanent magnet motor up front and induction motor in the back) should be able to accelerate it to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds. The official data is, of course, hidden or possibly, nonexistent. This is a concept after all. One with Level 4 autonomous drive capability at that.

Nio Already Sells an SUV Called the ES8

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The Seven-seating ES8 is quite a different beast to the ET Preview Concept. First of all, there’s more than 15,000 of them on the streets and its electric motors equal to 641 horsepower and 620 pound-feet of torque. Enough for acceleration to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. It’s price starts at somewhere near $70,000.

Conclusion

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The design of the Nio ET Preview Concept is spot on.

I like it. The motors inside aren’t crazy powerful, and the size of the thing seems to be just right. It looks to be a perfect competitor with the Model S, Audi E-Tron GT, or the Polestar 2. Only, it is not a real thing.

“The ET Preview represents NIO’s exploration of an all-new car body,” the company says, “whose sleek new contours combine elegant proportions with power and beauty through a minimalistic design.”

Nevertheless, something similar to the ET Preview Concept will come in 2021. After Nio sees all the positive feedback, I am quite sure that that "something" will look a lot like the ET.

All I can say is:

  • "You could be happy here, I could take care of you. I wouldn’t let anybody hurt you. We could grow up together, E.T."
  • E.T. Phone Home

Further reading

2019 Nio EP9 Exterior
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2019 Nio EP9
The world’s fastest electric car!

Read our full review on the 2019 Nio EP9.

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Read our full review on the 2019 Nio ES6.

All new NIO ET Sedan Series made its debut at Auto Shanghai with ET Preview;
NIO fast charging piles premiere, while NIO Power Swap station holds its first demonstration on-site;
NIO “One Click for Power” service officially extended to other EV brand users at 280 yuan per use;
April 16, 2019 – Shanghai – At Auto Shanghai 2019, NIO offered the first glimpse of its all new Sedan product line with the ET Preview, and exhibited its entire NIO Power service solution, along with its 220 kW permanent magnet synchronous motor electric drivetrain. It also announced the extension of the “One Click for Power” service to other EV brand users.

At this year’s Auto Shanghai, NIO brought the latest NIO House experience right to the auto show itself by creating “NIO House|Auto Shanghai”. The company also showcased the high-performance electric flagship ES8 SUV; the high-performance long-range, intelligent electric ES6 SUV; the world’s fastest electric car, the EP9; the NIO EVE Vision car and NIO Formula E Team car, the NIO 004. The ET Preview, the first in NIO’s sedan series also made its premiere at Auto Shanghai. The ET Preview represents NIO’s exploration of an all new car body, whose sleek new contours combine elegant proportions with power and beauty through a minimalistic design.

In terms of electric motor, ECU and power battery technology, NIO displayed its high-performance electric mobility platform which combines high-energy density NCM811 nickel-cobalt-manganese battery pack technology with high-efficiency permanent magnet motors in the front and high-performance induction motors in the rear, to achieve a NEDC cruising range of up to 510 km.

Additionally, the 220kW permanent magnet synchronous motor electric drivetrain, carbon fibre battery pack and other pioneering technologies, reflected NIO’s technical prowess and research and development strength.

Also debuting at the auto show was NIO’s fast-charging pile, NIO Power Charger, which is the “last piece of the NIO Power service system jigsaw”. Through intelligent integration with home charging piles, power stations and mobile charging vehicles it provides users an efficient charging experience.

NIO’s “One Click for Power” has currently been used over 93,000 times. During the auto show, NIO officially extended “One Click for Power” to the public. Users of other electric car brands will be able to use the “One Click for Power” charging service through the “NIO Charging” mini app in WeChat at 280 yuan per service.

60 NIO car owners volunteered as Fellows during Auto Shanghai 2019. As Fellows, they presented NIO’s products and services and shared their experience as NIO car owners with visitors to the auto show.

“After just over four years of development, NIO has grown into a tech company that is constantly perfecting itself and increasing systemic efficiency, while striving to provide high-quality service to users,” said William Li, Founder, Chairman and CEO of NIO.

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