This may not be a too familiar name in most parts of the world but in China, this is one of the leading electric vehicles on the market, one of the most luxurious SUVs in this part of the world. Besides luxury and practicality, this crossover is also characterized by some pretty advanced technologies, especially when it comes to batteries. For that reason, the 2022 NIO ES8 may be particularly interesting.
According to the latest reports, the 2022 NIO ES8 is about to get a new battery pack, bigger than ever. With more capacity and significantly improved density, the new version will probably impressive numbers in terms of range, something that beats even Tesla models. That’s why many believe NIO should offer its North America too. At this point, this doesn’t seem quite likely.
2022 NIO ES8 Gets New Battery
Without any doubt, this will be the biggest novelty for the 2022 NIO ES8. This crossover has been around for about three years and the interesting thing about it is the constant improvement in terms of the battery. It all started with a relatively modest 70-kWh pack, while the current model features a 100-kWh battery. The newest version will come with a 150-kWh battery, which is something that promises significant improvements in terms of the range.
At this point, we don’t know the exact numbers, but the latest reports suggest this model would be able to make way over 500 miles on a single charge. For comparison, Tesla Model X can make 360 miles on a single charge.
Better Energy Density
Another improvement that is about to come with the new 2022 NIO ES8 and 150-kWh battery is a better energy density. Allegedly, the company is about to combine different technologies, such as Nickel-Ultrarich Cathode and Si/C Composite Anode. As a result, you may count on about 360 Wh/kg, which is two times better compared to the batteries found in the initial 2018 model. All this should provide improvements in aspects like battery life, charging efficiency and more.
2022 NIO ES8 Design
Other than the new battery, we don’t expect that the 2022 NIO ES8 will change too much. This includes the drivetrain setup, which includes a couple of electric motors that are able to move this large crossover from zero to sixty in less than five seconds.
Speaking of the size, this model features 118 inches in wheelbase. That’s on par with conventional mid-size luxury crossovers, such as BMW X5 or Audi Q7. Visually, this model is a whole new dimension, as it accentuates the model’s futuristic character in a pretty big portion.
Of course, driving characteristics are far from what you get from the German trio. Still, no one even expects to see something like that from an electric vehicle that comes at a pretty attractive price.
The thing we definitely like about this crossover is the cabin. It looks really good and provides that premium feel in many ways. Once again, it’s not in the same league as western premium brands, especially if you look at materials in lower areas and doors, which are mostly scratchy plastic. On the other side, the dashboard luxury quite attractive and luxurious and one of the reasons is also a massive infotainment screen at the center stack.
The amount of space is pretty generous in all three rows. The passengers may count on a quite comfortable ride, while the cargo area also offers some pretty decent numbers. Furthermore, the cabin is full of small storage areas, which have a highly positive impact on the overall practicality.
2022 NIO ES8 Price
We expect to see 2022 NIO ES8 by the end of the year and while some rumors suggest its arrival to other parts of the world, we are pretty sure it will remain exclusively sold in China. There, it starts at around 67.000 dollars, roughly.