Shanghai (Gasgou) – Chinese electric vehicle startup NIO to announce pricing and technical configurators for its third production model, the NIO EC6, at the upcoming 2020 Chengdu Motor Show, then start delivering the vehicle in September, according to local media. .
The model’s first pre-production vehicle rolled off the production line at the end of June at the JAC-NIO Advanced Manufacturing Center in Hefei, where the ES8 and ES6 are also produced.
The EC6, considered the coupe version of the ES6, will feature a panoramic sunroof to provide a more open cockpit. It is expected to support vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe and Tesla’s Model Y.
Retaining the iconic ‘X-Bar’ design language, the EC6 bears a striking resemblance to the ES6 in frontal styling, but has a more sloping coupe roofline at the rear.
The ‘cut’ nature of the side profile is accentuated by the slender roof lines that extend down from the B-pillar to the duck-tail shaped spoiler. Thanks to its fluid silhouette, the EC6 has a drag coefficient of 0.27Cd.
True to the interior of the ES6, the EC6 still retains such features as the flat-bottomed steering wheel, liquid crystal instrument panel and large screen on the center console. Some physical buttons are offered to control the display and the gears mounted on the console.
The EC6 range will feature a high-end Performance version that uses two electric motors: a 160 kW permanent magnet motor on the front axle and a 240 kW induction unit on the rear. These will combine to deliver a 0-100 km / h time of 4.7 seconds, while its 100 kWh battery will deliver an NEDC rated range of up to 615 km. In addition, the Sports version will be driven by two 160 kW permanent magnet motors.
NIO China signed a strategic cooperation agreement with six Chinese banks on July 10, under which the banks will grant NIO China a line of credit worth 10.4 billion yuan ($ 1,486,394,000).
At the time of signing, NIO has raised more than 10 billion yuan ($ 1,427,470,000) in funds so far this year by selling convertible notes, securing strategic investments for NIO China and offering shares of American custodian. The new approved line of credit further indicates that NIO has resolved its potential cash flow problem and regained market confidence. (photo source: NIO).
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