Following a video from earlier this month that showed a bunch of NIO ET7 electric saloons being loaded up on a car carrier ship in a Chinese port, the EV startup has confirmed the first shipment of ET7s to Europe.
In a short statement, NIO said the ET7, its first smart electric flagship saloon, set sail from a Chinese port to 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 EV model to debut in Europe following the ES8 SUV launched in Norway last year. The electric saloon obtained the European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (EWVTA) in April 2022, giving it green light for sales in Europe.
NIO says it aims to bring its products and full range of services to Europe and "provide smart, cozy experience, as well as joyful lifestyle, to European users."
Originally revealed in January 2021, the NIO ET7 entered production in March 2022, with deliveries to Chinese customers debuting in late March. The Chinese automaker sold 10,000 units in its home market so far and is now hoping to add a significant number of sales by expanding to 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 brings over 100 configurations for comfort, safety and smart technologies as standard.
The flagship saloon 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), expected to be available from the fourth quarter of this year, depending on the region.
All ET7 models feature a dual-motor AWD powertrain with a combined output of 644 bhp and 850 Nm (627 lb-ft) of torque, enabling a zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint 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 begun deliveries yet; it is claimed to offer a range of up to 1,000 kilometres (621 miles) on the NEDC cycle.
European specifications and battery availability have not been announced yet.