The Chinese Nio managed to travel over 1,000 with a full charge of the new WeLion battery with which the ET7 is equipped – and not only that.
Range is the #1 concern for electric drivers. And not without reason, we would add. However, little by little and given the recent developments in the sector, autonomy very soon it will not be an issue… up for negotiationboth for manufacturers and consumers.
At least this is demonstrated today by the Chinese Nio, which claims in today’s update that an ET7 managed to complete a journey of 1,044 actual kilometers utilizing 97% of its energy content new WeLion battery the company’s. Let’s take the things from the beginning…
Nio mentions that the news Ultra Long Range its battery has capacity 150 kWh and “is the world’s first Cell-to-Pack battery in case form” which prevents by design its phenomenon thermal runaway, due to overheating, in one or more neighboring cells. At the same time, the Chinese company also boasts about the energy density of the battery in question, with the relative performance reaching 360 Wh/kg per cell and overall for the whole array at 260 Wh/kg.
The 150 kWh battery weighs 525 kg, only 20 kg more than the 100 kWh battery already available in China. The dimensions are 2,062×1,539×186 mm, as in all Nio batteries.
This battery is compatible with all Nio electric vehicles and is available through company’s replaceable battery programwhich started to “run” in the old continent with the help of 33 European Battery-as-a-Service stations.
In China, Nio already has 2,289 related stations having already carried out 34 million(!) battery changes.
1,044 km with Nio’s new battery
As Nio announced, the ET7, equipped with the said battery, started and finished within 14 hours in total his journey on December 17 starting from Shanghai and “termination” of it Xiamen, a city on the southeast coast of China. The founder, president and CEO of Nio took turns behind the wheel of the car, William Lee The Dr. Fei Shen, Senior Vice President of Nio Power, and Chenxia Huang, General Manager of Tencent News.
In all, the crew of three sailed through 1,044 km utilizing it 97% of battery power. The ambient temperature during the trip was from -2 up to +12 Celsius degrees.
It is worth noting that 92% of the kilometers, i.e 957 km, were made with the system on Navigate-on-Pilot+ of the car, where the maximum movement limit was the 90 km/h.
The average speed of the trip was 83.9 km/h, with “clean” movement time the 12.4 hours (the remaining 1.6 hours were for rest stops and driver changes) and average energy consumption 13.2 kWh/100 km
How much does the Nio’s 150 kWh battery cost?
The battery, as Nio executives admit, will be very expensive. In fact, the president of the company revealed that its cost it will be equivalent to that of a… whole ET5. Indicatively, the “75” battery of the model currently costs 298,000 yuan in China, i.e. 42,100 dollars.
In China, and now also in Europe, one can to buy a Nio car, but not the battery. The interested party simply becomes a customer of the service BaaS (Battery-as-a-Service) paying a monthly fee, with the battery being Nio’s property. In this case, one can to upgrade his car battery at will. If, for example, the customer has subscribed to the subscription service for a Nio with their battery 75 kWh, he can whenever he wishes to change it at the said stations with the largest 100 kWh vs 7 dollars a day the 123 dollars the month.