The Big Read: History of Nio

Story of Nio

Today we bring you the first chapter of our new series, Automaker Profile. Every Sunday, we will bring you in-depth insight into the history of one Chinese automaker together with its full profile. I can already reveal you can look forward to stories of how giants as JAC, BYD, Dongfeng, or newcomers as Xpeng, Wuling were born. Today it will be about one of the JAC’s customers – a fresh star EV startup, Nio.

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NIO To Launch Roadster Version Of EP9 Electric Hyper Car

NIO EP9 Roadster

NIO was planning a surprise for the upcoming NIO day, scheduled for July 23. But a set of leaked patent images has spoiled the party. The surprise is a roadster version of NIO’s aging EP9 electric hypercar. NIO may also unveil the new EF9 electric MPV on NIO Day, but that is yet unconfirmed.

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First NIO ET7 Pre-Production Car Seen In The Flesh

NIO ET7
This is the first real-world photo of the upcoming NIO ET7 electric sedan, seen in pre-production form on the premises of a NIO factory. We have seen the ET7 before, but only under perfect lighting on auto shows or media events. The appearance is a sure sign development of the ET7 is now relatively close to completion. The NIO ET7 is expected to hit the Chinese car market in Q1 2022.

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Changan reveals its mysterious high-end brand name: Avatar. Here is everything we know

GAC executives
GAC team is happy and celebrates the 20 millionth car roll off an assembly line last week.

On 20 May, Changan Automobile confirmed its new high-end EV brand, previously referred to as “AB brand”, named Avatar (阿维塔) Technologies.

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Nio Entering Europe: Sales of seven-seater ES8 starts in June

Nio Norway Expansion
Nio Norway Expansion

Sum up of Nio Norway Conference: Sales of ES8 will start will June, first deliveries to customers in September. Four battery swap stations by September in Oslo, 20 thousand charging points operated by existing partners. Flagship sedan ET7 deliveries in 2022. Norway team has now 15 employees, which will raise to 50 by the end of the year. Some journalists wonder why Nio chose ES8 for their European launch.

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Nio will enter Europe on 6th May

Nio Norway
Nio is coming to Europe, Norway. Source: Nio.

Founded in 2014  by Chinese visionary William Li and backed by heavyweights as Sequoia, Tencent, Baidu, or Lenovo – Nio (蔚来, which literal translation is Blue Sky), operated exclusively in China.

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Why Chinese media connect Nio with a protest against Tesla? Video shows four new participants.

Tesla Shanghai booth
Staff members at Tesla Shanghai booth minutes before the incident. Source: Reuters.

It took less than 2 minutes to turn Shanghai Auto Show 2021 into a PR nightmare for the US automaker.

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Startup Sorrows: NIO Charging Van Runs Out Of Juice In China

NIO Power charging van
NIO Power charging van

When I was exiting my favorite Burger King hamburger shed in Beijing I saw a NIO charging van on the back of a stinkin’ diesel powered Foton flatbed. I ran across a boulder and a parking lot and got there just in time.

That can’t be right!

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The Very First Photos Of The NIO ES6 Electric SUV

NIO ES6
NIO ES6

This is the first photo of the NIO ES6, a five seat electric SUV that will be positioned below the NIO ES8. It will hit the Chinese car market in Q4, with price starting around 200.000 yuan or $30.300.

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This Is The NIO ES8 Electric SUV For China

NIO ES8

Chinese electric SUV with 650 Horsepower

And here it is from all sides: the new NIO ES8 electric SUV for China, looking ultra clean in light blue. The ES8 was scheduled to hit the market yesterday December 12, but the launch has been delayed. NIO however has announced a price range: 448.000 to 548.000 yuan($71.090 – 86.960).

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