Nio’s Onvo L60 revealed 455 hp motor power, to be equipped with BYD battery

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The key specs of the Onvo L60 electric SUV were revealed in China by the regulator as Nio applied for a sales license. The new EV will start deliveries in September to take on the Tesla Model Y.

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Every car in China needs to apply for homologation fillings at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), as no car can be sold in China without their approval. The ministry publishes the application list monthly. Automakers are not happy about this, as it reveals pictures, specs, and other secrets of cars they haven’t yet launched. But we don’t mind.

Onvo is Nio’s entry-level brand, and the Chinese name is 乐道 (Ledao). L60 dimensions are 4828/1930/1616mm (length/width/height), and the wheelbase is 2950 mm. Based on the powertrain option, the curb weight is 1,885 kg – 1,970 kg. The L60 SUV’s drag coefficient is 0.229Cd.

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Onvo L60 will have two power train options. The RWD version will feature a single-motor TZ188S001 in-house developed by Nio Power Technology in Hefei with an output of 240 kW (322 hp). Top speed is 200 km/h.

The AWD version will have dual motors – front YS198S001 with 100 kWh power and the same rear with 240 kW, providing a combined output of 340 kW (455 hp). The curb weight of the AWD version is nearly two tons, and the top speed is capped at 203 km/h.

The homologation filing revealed that the L60 will be manufactured in Nio’s second Hefei factory, commonly called F2, located at 299 Baita Road, Hefei Economic and Technological Development Zone.

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The regulator also revealed that the L60 would be powered by a swappable LFP Blade battery from FinDreams, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BYD. All Nio-badged models have NMC batteries, mostly from CATL. Onvo previously announced that the L60 will offer 550 km, 730 km, and “1000+ km” range variants. The last one will likely be with WeLion’s semi-solid-state 150 kWh battery. Nio advertises an exceptionally low energy consumption rate of 12.1kWh/100km for the Onvo L60.

The capacity of BYD packs has yet to be revealed, but CarNewsChina learned that it will have 60 kWh and 90 kWh variants. Nio-badge cars always have 75 kWh and 100 kWh options.

Onvo L60 started pre-sale on May 15 for 219,900 yuan (30,500 USD), and deliveries are planned for September. It is positioned as a family car to take on Tesla Model Y in China. As a rule, Nio doesn’t reveal the pre-order numbers for its vehicles, and Onvo is no exception.

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