Electric cars and 1,000 km tests, the NIO ES8 disappoints. High consumption and slow charging

NIO is having a very successful period in China, a result that convinced it to expand into Europe. The house has already announced the arrival of the ET7 flagship in Germany, but in the meantime it has started the “invasion” starting from Norway, where it has just begun to import the ES8, Electric SUV which enjoys some success at home.

Norway often the territory of the first European launches, due to the great penetration of the electric in the country, and therefore the first tests for the ES8 arrive from there, and among these the popular youtuber Bjorn Nyland could not miss. The character, well known among electric enthusiasts, put the Chinese SUV to the test with his own 1,000 km test.

If from a constructive, aesthetic and space point of view on board ES8 has collected more than anything else positive opinions, it has partly disappointed in the long-distance test. The car on the road performs well, and the navigation system efficient, but what not efficient is the powertrain.

As can be seen from the video, in some places NIO ES8 it consumed even 340 Wh / km, with an average at the end of the journey of well 318 Wh/km. All in a climatic condition that is not too unfavorable, with an average temperature of 15.

Another point that did not convince the tester concerns fast charging. While making use of columns Ionity or other hypercharger operators, the ES8, for the moment, does not go beyond about 110/120 kW of maximum power, despite the 100 kWh battery (87 kWh net). This power, when compared with other models with a more modest accumulator, is to be considered barely sufficient, and extends dwell times.

If on the consumption side the problem could be understandable, given the mass of the vehicle, the not particularly aerodynamic shape, and the 7-seater configuration, one would expect that a high-performance recharge would fill the gaps, allowing for more frequent but short stops. To the youtuber, and also to us in truth, the doubt arose that this factor is not too optimized since many customers at home use the battery exchange network, NIO’s true workhorse. In a matter of minutes the user can start again with a fully charged battery, thanks to a monthly subscription. We already know that the Chinese company wants to bring this system to Norway too, and perhaps push customers to prefer battery exchange rather than fast charging.

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