At NIO Day, the company's annual customer event, the EV maker revealed its NVIDIA DRIVE Orin-powered supercomputer, dubbed Adam, which will first appear in the ET7 sedan that will ship in China starting in 2022. It has smart air suspension, heating, ventilation and massage as standard on all seats.
The manufacturer highlighted also its " invisible" smart air vents on both front and rear row.
Visually, the ET7 shares an assortment of design cues with Nio's existing SUV models, including its sleek front fascia with slim, two-piece headlights, flush "pop-out" door handles and full-width rear light bar. Existing owners who want in will also be offered discounts, along with membership points through the Nio app. The interior is typically minimalist, with a 12.8-inch AMOLED display running the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon platform and 5G. Besides, ET7 comes standard with 23 speakers with a total output of 1000 watts, making the 7.1.4 immersive sound system become a reality in the vehicle. It also has support for the world's first UWB digital key using which it can unlock easily.
The auto has received a dual-motor all-wheel-drive powertrain with a peak system output of 480 kW and 850 Nm of torque. This powertrain will enable a zero to 62 miles per hour sprint for the electric sedan of 3.9 seconds. The range can exceed 700 km and even 1,000 km with the 100 kWh and 150 kWh battery packs respectively.
Chief Executive William Li said Nio's new battery technology will give the ET7 a drive range of more than 1,000km between charges.
Those strategic initiatives include: an in-house autonomous driving solution on Nvidia architecture, solid-state battery for its new ET7 which will increase the driving range, beginning of content monetisation where users pay a monthly fee for autnomous driving capabilities, and the commercialization of LiDar.
Nio hasn't said what level of self-driving capability the NAD system will have at launch, though the company mentioned highway driving, parking and battery swapping as planned use cases for the ET7.
Pre-orders are now open in China.
Through its Battery as a Service (BaaS) plans, owners can switch to different battery packs depending on their needs and budget.
Nio has been steadily ramping up its sales by delivering 17,353 cars in the last quarter of 2020, (recording a 111% year-over-year) split rather evenly between the ES6, the ES8 and the EC6 models. Recent predictions put their arrival down for sometime this decade - but NIO has slashed the estimates with confirmation that it will introduce a 150kWh solid state battery to its range next year, starting with the new ET7 saloon, beating rival QuantumScape (a Volkswagen and Bill Gates-backed USA battery-maker) by perhaps two years.