Meet the NIO EP9, the latest offering from Chinese electric car maker NextEV. This all-electric supercar has a top speed of 194 miles per hour, making it the world’s fastest electric car, and it looks like pure joy. The 1,360-horsepower EP9 demonstrates levels of power and speed that other luxury electric car models are still chasing. Although there is plenty of room for improvement, the NIO EP9 is a leap forward in a world where many people still doubt that an electric car can be as exciting or impressive as its fossil fuel-run counterparts.
Although the NIO EP9’s top speed is catching all the headlines, the other attributes of the electric supercar are nothing to sneeze at, either. Under the hood, four electric motors generate a combined 4,670 lb-ft of torque from a 777 volt powertrain, making it possible to achieve a range of 265 miles on a single charge. By any EV standards, that’s impressive, but the smooth lines and sex appeal of the EP9 give the accomplishment a special place in automotive history.
One thing conspicuously missing from the company’s announcement of the new model is its claimed zero to 60 time. However, as Jalopnik points out, the EP9 can allegedly accelerate from zero to 124 MPH in 7.1 seconds (which is, let’s just say, super fast), so the time it takes to get to 60 MPH is sort of irrelevant.
It’s far too soon to line up for a chance to buy one of these incredible electric supercars, though. Reportedly, NextEV only plans to produce six EP9s for China next year, with no mention of international exports. Like most early releases of electric luxury cars, the EP9 is still very much a work in progress, and its makers have plenty of challenges to tackle before mass production becomes a viable consideration. Although, the company is reportedly working on a mainstream EV to be launched sometime in 2017.
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