NIO’s China-only electric SUV will cost half as much as a Tesla Model X

NIO is also putting some new ideas into the ES8. There’s an AI assistant in the car called NOMI, which uses in-car and cloud computing to “turn the ES8 into a fun, expressive, and intuitive companion that can listen, talk, and help drivers along the way.” And the company’s developed a quick battery-swapping system that can change out the ES8’s 70kWh power pack in just three minutes. NIO says it will build 1,100 battery-swapping stations around the country by 2020, presumably to help with long haul trips.

Buyers can also opt for a subscription service on the battery, which includes “battery upgrading services, along with quality assurance, roadside assistance, car connectivity, and nationwide charging services,” according to the company. NIO will also offer home charging, as well as concierge charging that can add 100 kilometers of range in 10 minutes.

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