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NIO Day EC6 Unveiling. Photo: Nicolas Zart CleanTechnica
NIO Day EC6 Unveiling. Photo: Nicolas Zart CleanTechnica

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NIO Unveils EC6 In Front Of Cheering Home Crowd

CleanTechnica was in the middle of a wild crowd of NIO fans tonight waiting for the rumors to be confirmed, and we weren’t disappointed. The new NIO EC6 electric crossover, presumably aimed at the Model Y market, was revealed with fanfare. That joins the ES6 and ES8.

CleanTechnica was in the middle of a wild crowd of NIO fans tonight waiting for the rumors to be confirmed, and we weren’t disappointed. The new NIO EC6 electric crossover, presumably aimed at the Model Y market, was revealed with fanfare. That joins the ES6 and ES8.

NIO Day EC6 Unveiling. Photo: Nicolas Zart CleanTechnica

NIO Day EC6 Unveiling. Photo: Nicolas Zart, CleanTechnica

NIO Day 2019 happened at the packed Shenzhen Bay Sports Center where William Li, NIOs CEO, introduced the startup’s 3rd production model – the smart electric coupe SUV, the EC6. The new model made its debut in front of many cheering fans, and I kid you not when I say they were cheering.

NIO Day EC6 Unveiling. Photo: Nicolas Zart CleanTechnica

NIO Day EC6 Unveiling. Photo: Nicolas Zart, CleanTechnica

NIO Day EC6 Unveiling. Photo: Nicolas Zart CleanTechnica

NIO Day EC6 Unveiling. Photo: Nicolas Zart, CleanTechnica

NIO Day EC6 Unveiling. Photo: Nicolas Zart CleanTechnica

NIO Day EC6 Unveiling. Photo: Nicolas Zart, CleanTechnica

The EC6 uses the same design language from other NIO electric vehicles (EV) and ends up with a low drag coefficient of 0.27 Cd.

It sports a huge 2.1glass roof, bringing much light into the cabin. The Performance version packs a 160 kW permanent-magnet front motor with a 240kW induction motor pushing the car from 0 to 100km/h (0-62 mph) in just 4.7 seconds.

The Performance version is followed by the Sporty version, with a 160 kW permanent magnet motor giving it a 0–100km/h time of 5.6 seconds.

The good news is that the new NIO EC6 can be ordered with the other big news, the new 100kWh liquid-cooled battery pack.

NIO says it has given the EC6 a range of up to 615 km (roughly 382 miles, or perhaps 290 miles from an EPA rating) with the Performance version. That’s presumably based on the NEDC rating system, which is overly optimistic. We’ll share more details on range as we get them.

NIO Day EC6 Unveiling. Photo: Nicolas Zart CleanTechnica

NIO Day EC6 Unveiling. Photo: Nicolas Zart, CleanTechnica

Fans were told they can reserve the NIO EC6 this Sunday. The company will announce prices and specs in July 2020, with deliveries starting in September.

NIO Unveils In Front of Fans

I’ve been to a lot of car unveilings in my life, but I have rarely seen such enthusiasm in a packed stadium. Perhaps it’s a cultural difference, but the fanfare and celebrities performing made it feel like NIO is finally getting to the point where it can leave behind recent tumultuous months. Stay tuned for more as I visit the rest of NIO Day 2019 in Shenzhen.

 
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Nicolas was born and raised around classic cars of the 1920s, but it wasn't until he drove an AC Propulsion eBox and a Tesla Roadster that the light went on. Ever since he has produced green mobility content on various CleanTech outlets since 2007 and found his home on CleanTechnica. He grew up in an international environment and his communication passion led to cover electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, renewable energy, test drives, podcasts, shoot pictures, and film for various international outlets in print and online. Nicolas offers an in-depth look at the e-mobility world through interviews and the many contacts he has forged in those industries. His favorite taglines are: "There are more solutions than obstacles." and "Yesterday's Future Now"

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