Alrik checks out Nio ES8 and ET7 which change battery in 5-10 minutes

Chinese premium electric car manufacturer Nio has a different solution for fast charging – the battery is replaceable. In 5-10 minutes you get a fresh and freshly charged battery. Alrik has driven Nio ES8 and checked out Nio ET7.

Where are you driving Alrik?
– In the electric car country Norway of course. Chinese Nine has already established itself here six months ago. I’m in Oslo and have just driven the spacious Nio ES8 SUV.

What’s the matter with Nio?
– It is the first Chinese premium electric car brand in Europe. Nine compete with Tesla with both similarities and differences. Most unique is the system for changing the battery. It takes 5-10 minutes to replace the large 100 kWh battery.

Other manufacturers are talking about future fast charging where you reach up to 80 percent in 5-10 minutes. Isn’t the idea of ​​replaceable batteries coming to an end soon?

– No, there are advantages to this technology. You lease access to a battery. This means that with each change you get a battery where any broken cells are repaired. In addition, the batteries can always be charged gently and when it comes to a battery with a higher capacity, you get access to it. Nine promise that within a year or so they will come with a battery of 150 kWh. They also promise to set up 22 battery replacement stations in Norway.

Wow, but you can not charge in the usual way?
– Yes, you can charge at home or at charging stations. Then the maximum charge is 125 kW, but is at about 90 kW most of the time.

Nine ES8 is a large and luxurious SUV.

What can you tell us about the SUV ES8?
– Nine ES8 is a spacious car. It costs like an Audi e-tron, but is as big as an Audi Q7. Of course, this means that it consumes a lot of energy. The range with 100 kWh battery is over 50 miles.

How does the car feel?
– Nine ES8 has very nice suspension comfort and nice perceived build quality. The car goes quiet, but I do not intend to tell you more now. I have to save a little for the test drive article that comes both in the newspaper and on the web.

Are you going to invent something more in Oslo?
– Yes, now it’s time to go and check out a concept version of the upcoming sedan model Nio ET7.

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