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Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
Segment: Large SUV

NIO announced the ES8 SUV in 2017 and started production in June 2018, but it was only available in China, while the rest of the world still had to wait.

The Chinese carmaker understood that if it wants to compete against other premium carmakers from Europe, it had to work with the best suppliers for various underpinnings. NIO did that and took the air-suspension from Continental and the brakes from Brembo. Also, it worked together with Tata Technologies for the powertrain. The seven-seat SUV showed a mature vehicle without the typical flaws in a new carmaker's design process.

Since the SUVs were still in high demand on the market, NIO didn't want to start with cheap electric vehicles. It went straight for the top customers with an electric, seven-seat SUV that showed a big, trapezoidal front grille extended to the lower side of the apron. Its LED headlights stood above the side scoops, under the daytime running lights bars. Its profile showed widened front and rear fenders and sculptured door panels. It was still a conservative approach to the market, with a clear SUV shape. In the back, the taillights' wave-like pattern resembled those installed in a Renault Megane hatchback, but they fit well in the overall vehicle's design.

The interior was filled with premium materials in most areas and showed great attention to detail. A wide center console separated the front occupants and featured storage areas and two big cupholders. On top of the dash, the Nomi AI assistant was there to help and entertain the driver.

Like its other products, the NIO ES8 featured four electric motors, one in each wheel. It provided a total of 544 hp, and its replaceable battery pack came in three sizes.

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NIO ES8 2018 - Present
  3 electric
  • 100 KWh (544 HP)
  • 70 KWh (544 HP)
  • 84 KWh (544 HP)

NIO ES8 100 KWh (544 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  100 KWh (544 HP)
Electrical motor power
160.3 kw (218 hp)
Total maximum power
400.1 kw (544 hp)
Total maximum torque
534.7 lb-ft (725 Nm)
Fuel System
Electric
Fuel
Electric
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top speed (electrical)
124 mph (200 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
4.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
1-Speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
255/55 R19
DIMENSIONS
Length
197.7 in (5022 mm)
Width
77.2 in (1961 mm)
Height
69.1 in (1755 mm)
Front/rear Track
65.7/65.8 in (1,669/1,671 mm)
Wheelbase
118.5 in (3010 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.9 cuFT (309 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.29
POWER SYSTEM SPECS
Power pack
Lithium-ion
Nominal Capacity
100 kWh
Range
360.4 miles (580.0 km)
Notes
Notice
Electric motor 2: 326 HP

NIO ES8 70 KWh (544 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  70 KWh (544 HP)
Electrical motor power
160.3 kw (218 hp)
Total maximum power
400.1 kw (544 hp)
Total maximum torque
534.7 lb-ft (725 Nm)
Fuel System
Electric
Fuel
Electric
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top speed (electrical)
124 mph (200 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
4.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
1-Speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
255/55 R19
DIMENSIONS
Length
197.7 in (5022 mm)
Width
77.2 in (1961 mm)
Height
69.1 in (1755 mm)
Front/rear Track
65.7/65.8 in (1,669/1,671 mm)
Wheelbase
118.5 in (3010 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.9 cuFT (309 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.29
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
5346 lbs (2425 kg)
POWER SYSTEM SPECS
Power pack
Lithium-ion
Nominal Capacity
70 kWh
Range
257.9 miles (415.0 km)
Notes
Notice
Electric motor 2: 326 HP

NIO ES8 84 KWh (544 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  84 KWh (544 HP)
Electrical motor power
160.3 kw (218 hp)
Total maximum power
400.1 kw (544 hp)
Total maximum torque
534.7 lb-ft (725 Nm)
Fuel System
Electric
Fuel
Electric
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top speed (electrical)
124 mph (200 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
4.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
1-Speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
255/55 R19
DIMENSIONS
Length
197.7 in (5022 mm)
Width
77.2 in (1961 mm)
Height
69.1 in (1755 mm)
Front/rear Track
65.7/65.8 in (1,669/1,671 mm)
Wheelbase
118.5 in (3010 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.9 cuFT (309 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.29
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
5346 lbs (2425 kg)
POWER SYSTEM SPECS
Power pack
Lithium-ion
Nominal Capacity
84 kWh
Range
301.4 miles (485.1 km)
Notes
Notice
Electric motor 2: 326 HP
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