Chinese electric startup NIO unveils Tesla competitor with 5G tech

NIO unveils its new ET7 electric car: packs 5G, Wi-Fi 6, 23 speakers, autonomous driving tech -- a full better-than-Tesla car?!

@anthony256
Published Sun, Jan 10 2021 12:54 AM CST   |   Updated Mon, Feb 8 2021 5:06 AM CST

Chinese electric vehicle startup NIO has just unveiled their new electric car, the new NIO ET7 being a fully autonomous, massive battery beast that can take on Tesla.

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NIO has been referred to as "the Tesla of China" where it has been selling electric SUVs in the Chinese market for a while now, but at NIO Day 2020 in Chengdu, China yesterday -- the company unveiled their new NIO ET7 vehicle which has a list of great features, power, and technology.

We're looking at a 480 kW dual motor drivetrain with a battery pack that scales up to 150 kWh, with up to 621 miles (1000km). You'll probably never get close to it, but you should get upwards of that -- so expect around 500 miles of driving on a single charge in the NIO ET7.

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As for technology Qualcomm provides its 3rd Generation Qualcomm Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platform and its Snapdragon Automotive 5G Platform, which NIO uses in the ET7 to provide 5G, C-V2X, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 6, and UWB -- for all your high-bandwidth, and low-latency needs in your car.

NIO's inclusion of Qualcomm's 3rd Generation Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platform means you get high-performance computing literally at your finger tips, with great graphics, media, computer vision, and more.

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But the real computing magic is the self-driving technology, with NIO offering standard features that are powered by their autonomous driving technology for improved safety -- but will charge separately for other autonomous driving features, which NIO will offer ET7 drivers as a subscription.

NVIDIA powers the NIO ET7 and its autonomous driving capabilities with its NVIDIA DRIVE Orin supercomputer -- packing 4 x NVIDIA Drive Orin for a total of 68 billion transistors, 8096 CUDA cores, 256 3rd Gen Tensor Cores and 48 A78 CPU Cores.

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"NIO has built up the NAD full stack autonomous driving capability including perception algorithms, localization, control strategy and platform software. NIO Aquila Super Sensing features 33 high-performance sensing units, including 11 8MP high-resolution cameras, 1 ultralong-range high-resolution LiDAR, 5 millimeter wave radars, 12 ultrasonic sensors, 2 high-precision positioning units, V2X and ADMS. Aquila can generate 8GB data per second. NIO Adam features 4 NVIDIA Orin SoCs with a total computing power of 1,016 TOPS".

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The starting price of the NIO ET7 is at around $69,000 -- with the company offering it under their Battery-as-a-Service (BaaS) model that will make the car cheaper, and provide you with a monthly cost for the battery pack. We are looking at a delivery of ET7 electric vehicles starting in Q1 2022.

Read all about the new NIO ET7 electric car here, and here.

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