Both vehicles present NIO’s new NT2.0 platform. Set to replace the NT1.0 architecture that NIO used for the ES8, ES6, and EC6, its main characteristic relates to the enhanced computer system with four Nvidia DRIVE Orin.
While the Tesla Model 3 and its autonomous driving promises offer a computing power of 144 TOPS (Trillions or Tera Operations per Second), each DRIVE Orin unleashes 254 TOPS. With four of them, the ES7 will present 1,056 TOPS.
Apart from this, the NT2.0 platform tends to be mechanically very similar to the one it substitutes. The battery swapping system NIO adopts makes it necessary, considering all the vehicles from the brand have to work with the same battery pack formats. The improvements are related to just a few components, such as the electric motors with SiC (silicon carbide), which makes them lighter and more efficient.
Our colleagues at CarNewsChina brought up the picture shared by a Weibo profile. They also mentioned that the ES7 would only be officially presented in May. In other words, this early appearance of the electric SUV happened even sooner than we could expect. To be honest, it did not even have to occur in May: deliveries are supposed to begin by early 2023.