Discovering the Nio ET5: A Promising Electric Car with Battery Replacement Option

Nio ET5 in the first driving report: electric car with possible battery replacement

Nio, a Chinese automobile manufacturer, has introduced its latest offering, the ET5 sedan. The company is targeting the premium middle class, which includes Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Polestar, and Tesla, with this vehicle. The sedan offers excellent driving performance, with a length of almost 4.80 meters, making it competitive in the market. This four-door mid-range sedan is powered by two electric motors that deliver 360 kW and a maximum torque of 700 Nm.

The ET5 package offers customers nine different exterior and four interior colors. The car comes with a comfort package, which includes air-conditioned massage seats, heated steering wheel, and heated seats in the rear, costing 1500 euros. However, apart from the various colors and comfort package, there is hardly any other choice offered to customers.

The ET5 is a powerful vehicle capable of reaching 100 km/h in just four seconds, with a maximum speed of 200 km/h. The steering may take some getting used to, as feedback feels quite artificial compared to some of its competitors. However, driving and wind noises remain at a minimum even at higher speeds, making the car’s interior an enjoyable and high-quality experience.

The dashboard and door panels of the ET5 have an almost cool Scandinavian design. The interior is spacious, well-made, and looks classy. The instruments are displayed on a 10.2-inch screen behind the steering wheel, with the central control display measuring 12.8 inches. Unfortunately, the car does not offer a head-up display. However, the operating assistant, Nomi Mate, sits on the dashboard, providing the driver with artificial intelligence to ask questions. Conservative customers may opt for the visually and linguistically tamer Nomi Halo version.

The ET5 offers a small trunk, measuring only 386 liters, comparatively less than some of its competitors. The armchairs have a slightly high seating position, which may take some getting used to, but they are comfortable. However, their imitation leather cover looks a bit simple for a vehicle in the 60,000 euro league. Unfortunately, genuine leather covers are not available.

The manufacturer offers two pricing options for the vehicle. The basic price of 47,500 euros comes with either a monthly rent of 169 euros or a one-off fee of 12,000 euros for the 75 kWh battery. Customers who opt for the 100 kWh battery, which offers a range of 590 kilometers, must pay a monthly rental fee of 289 euros or a one-time surcharge of 21,000 euros. Tenants can exchange an empty battery for a charged one at one of the exchange stations, which is currently a rare feature in the market.

In conclusion, the Nio ET5 is a powerful and stylish vehicle, offering customers excellent driving performance and a comfortable experience. The manufacturer’s unique charging feature could be a deciding factor for potential customers.

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