Following a video earlier this month that showed a bunch of NIO ET7 electric sedans being loaded onto a car transporter ship at a Chinese port, the EV startup has confirmed the first ET7 shipment to Europe.
In a brief statement, NIO said the ET7, its first smart electric flagship sedan, left a Chinese port for Europe in August. The company said the ET7 will be available for order and delivery this year in Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden.
The ET7 will become NIO’s second electric vehicle model to debut in Europe after the ES8 SUV launched in Norway last year. The electric sedan received European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (EWVTA) in April 2022, giving it the green light for sales in Europe.
NIO says it aims to bring its products and full range of services to Europe and “to provide a smart and comfortable experience, as well as a joyful lifestyle, to European users”.
Originally revealed in January 2021, the NIO ET7 entered production in March 2022, with deliveries to Chinese customers beginning in late March. The Chinese automaker has sold 10,000 units in its home market so far and now hopes to add a significant number of sales by expanding into Europe. NIO ET7 test prototypes have already been spotted in Germany ahead of the model’s local market launch in the fourth quarter of this year.
The ET7 is NIO’s first model based on the second generation technology platform, NT2.0, which comes standard with more than 100 configurations for comfort, safety and smart technologies.
The flagship sedan is also equipped with Banyan, the brand new software system for the NT2.0. In China, the vehicle will also offer a subscription service to NIO Autonomous Driving (NAD), which is expected to be available from the fourth quarter of this year, depending on the region.
All ET7 models feature a twin-motor AWD powertrain with a combined output of 644 horsepower and 850 Nm (627 lb-ft) of torque, enabling a sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3 .9 seconds. NIO offers the ET7 with a choice of three battery options in China: 75 kWh, 100 kWh, and 150 kWh. The 150 kWh pack has not yet started deliveries; it is claimed to offer a range of up to 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) on the NEDC cycle.
European specifications and battery availability have yet to be announced.