NIO shares images of first ET5 validation prototypes produced at Hefei plant

NIO shares images of first ET5 validation prototypes produced at Hefei plant

Chinese multinational electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer NIO Incorporated has just shared some images of production line verification prototypes of its upcoming ET5 electric sedan. NIO, headquartered in Shanghai, has been in the news recently with its European expansion.

Produced at the Hefei manufacturing plant, the NIO ET5 is scheduled to be rolled out in the Chinese market this fall. Other markets of the world will get it sometime later. The Chinese auto maker is eager to launch its products in a number of European markets, such as Denmark, starting in 2022.

NIO engineers designed the ET5 electric sedan with autonomous driving in mind. The new EV’s silhouette is based on the ET7, and it has been equipped with autonomous driving sensors. According to the manufacturer’s claims, the ET5 is able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 4.3 seconds. The EV’s CLTC range has been reported at more than 550 km (roughly 342 miles) with the 75 kWh Standard Range Battery. The 100 kWh Long Range Battery and Ultra-long Range Battery versions can deliver a range of up to 700 km (435 miles) and 1,000 km (620 miles), respectively.

The ET5 electric sedan, which was officially unveiled in December 2021 during the company’s annual NIO Day event, is the second sedan from the brand. It follows the ET7, which was recently opened for orders from Chinese consumers.

Sharing news on the ET5 EV’s production progress via its Weibo page, NIO posted two images of the upcoming vehicle on their assembly lines at the Hefei manufacturing plant. The Chinese manufacturer asserted that production o f the ET5 EV is “progressing in an orderly manner” at the Hefei plant.

While Chinese customers will get buy the NIO ET5 in r around the month of September, time to deliver the EV to various European markets remains unclear. As the ET7 has already been announced for the Norwegian and German markets, the smaller and more affordable ET5 is widely expected to follow suit, but that hasn’t been confirmed yet.

As NIO has officially become a member of the De Danske Bilimportører, aka The Danish Car Importers Association, the ET5’s launch in Denmark could be expected sooner than later. De Danske Bilimportører represents all automobile manufacturers whose products and technologies are procured in Denmark.

Furthermore, the Shanghai-headquartered Chinese manufacturer has plans to enter more than two dozen countries and regions by the end of 2025, including Sweden and the Netherlands.

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