NIO EP9 is the fastest electric car
Automobile industry is moving towards the electric vehicles, and the Tesla is currently the king of this growing business. However, there are many major and minor companies trying to outperform Tesla. While big players in the automobile industry such as BMW or Mercedes is planning to make electric cars in the near future, there are some startups who dedicate themselves to make all-electric vehicles now. NextEV is one of the those startups. Based in China, but has an office in Silicon Valley, NextEV announced its latest car, NIO EP9.
According to the company, it is the fastest all-electric car in the world. That is because the NIO EP9 lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife racetrack in 7 minutes, 5 seconds and 12 milliseconds. Such a lap time makes the car the fifth fastest car in the track, and the first one among the electric ones. Its lap time is behind the Radical SR8LM, SR8, Porsche 918 and Lamborghini Aventador. However, all other super and hyper cars you know completed this 12.9-mile (20.8-kilometer) track in a longer time.
NextEV made such a thing possible with the use of 4 electric engines as well as 4 individual gearboxes, delivering 1-megawatt of power and 1,390-horsepower. All of this power is enough to push the car from 0 to 124 mph ( 0 – 200 kph ) in 7.1 seconds. In terms of charging though, with the use of interchangeable batteries, the car can be fully charged in 45 minutes to deliver a range of 265 miles ( 426.5 kilometers ).
Compared to the current Tesla vehicles, NIO EP9 has a shorter total range, and is slower in 0-60 mph ( 100 km/h ). While NextEV’s super car can reach 60 mph in 2.7 seconds, Model S P100D can do that in 2.4 seconds. However, it is important not to forget that Tesla is working with the electric cars for several years, while these companies are in the market for only maximum few years. Nevertheless, it looks like NextEV has a potential in this market, because they are not trying to outperform Model S or X. Instead, they are trying to deliver cars that is not fully present in the electric world.