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Chinese automaker NextEV launches world’s fastest electric car

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LONDON: Chinese electric car automaker NextEV has unveiled the NIO brand which is being hailed as the world fastest and record-breaking electric supercar.

The visionary electric car brand which was unveiled at the Saatchi gallery in London is the first under the NIO brand and was the company’s first launch since it was founded in 2014.

The car delivers superior performance, a new benchmark for aesthetic design and unique user experiences, which will help users rediscover the ‘joyful lifestyle’ of car ownership.

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NextEV unveiled the NIO EP9 electric supercar which has achieved a new lap record at the Nurburgring Nordschliefe motor sports complex located in the town of Nurburg, Germany.

On 12 October, the EP9 lapped the 20.8km ‘Green Hell’ in 7m 05.12s, beating the previous EV lap record marking it out as the fastest electric car in the world.

Additionally, on 4 November, it smashed the EV record at Circuit Paul Ricard in France, recording a time of 1m 52.78s, eclipsing the previous record of 2m 40s.

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It has four high-performance inboard motors and four individual gearboxes which delivers 1-MegaWatt of power equivalent to 1360PS.

It also accelerates from 0-200kph in 7.1 seconds and has a top speed of 313kph.

The interchangeable battery system is designed to be charged in 45 minutes and has a range of 427 kilometres.

The carbon cockpit and chassis embodies a new approach to performance vehicle design to handle the physical demands of a car with 3G cornering capabilities, added structural solidity and aero efficiency.

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The EP9 is capable of achieving 24,000 Newtons of downforce at 240kph.

The EP9 features a visionary integrated e-control structure and sensor system layout, which could fit the latest autonomous driving technology.

Additionally, it utilises an intelligent, user-friendly interactional design concept, which provides a joyful experience for users with digital interaction and instant sharing.

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NextEV Founder and Chairman, William Li said “Today we launched our electric supercar that broke the record at the Nordschliefe. The NIO EP9 was born to push limits and is the first stage of automotive production for NIO.”

He said that is a statement of their vision and technical and manufacturing capabilities, and is a best-in-class product that showcases what is possible with electric vehicles.

Li said that he believes that when the car ownership experience exceeds expectations, electric vehicles will become the natural choice for everyone leading to a more sustainable tomorrow.

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