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Nio ES7 SUV: solid-state battery on the way with 528-mile range

Published: 17 June 2022 Updated: 02 November 2022

You’re looking at the Nio ES7, a new electric SUV that slots into the hotly contested mid-sized EV sector. It’s not coming to the UK just yet – no Nio is right now – but the brand recently launched in Norway, so it could just be a matter of time.

Give us some specs? 

The ES7 measures 4912mm but eschews a third row of seats for increased legroom and comfort – it’s still just a five-seater. Like the Nio ES8 it follows, the ES7 isn’t the most dramatic-looking car, and instead riffs on an angular front and with squinting headlights and chunkier fog lights.

Nio: what you need to know

Performance is good; the ES7 uses a pair of electric motors – one on each axle – for a total of 644hp and 627 lb ft of torque. That’s good enough for 0-62mph in a spritely 3.9 seconds.

Power delivery will depend on the drive mode you’re in, and there are somehow ten on offer. Sport+ gives you the headline 3.9 second launch, while Sport pushes it to 5.9. There’s also Sand, Snow, Wet, Comfort, Trailer and Eco, as well as Custom mode and Easy Pass Through.

Solid state on the way

More intriguing are the batteries that’ll power the new SUV. A base 75kWh model is good for a claimed 301 miles, while a 100kWh pack can squeeze out a claimed reasonable 385 miles. However, a third 150kWh solid-state battery is due in Q4, and that should provide around 528 miles of range.

Inside the Nio uses a floating 12.8-inch AMOLED screen for most infotainment functions, and pairs it with NOMI; the brand’s bespoke AI. The ES7’s HUD also uses a 260,000 colour display for more vibrant directions and information.

Ambient lighting in the cabin spans 256 colours, and there’s also a 7.1.4 surround sound system for truly immersive audio. 

Anything else? 

The ES7 will come with Aquila Super Sensing, a 33-sensor system that includes Lidar, seven 8MP high resolution cameras and four 3MP light-sensitive cameras.

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's Digital Editor, F1 and sim-racing enthusiast. Partial to clever tech and sports bikes