Watch NIO’s ET9 shake the snow off its body like a Husky

In a remarkable video posted on Weibo, Chinese premium EV maker NIO has demonstrated a feature of its flagship sedan ET9’s SkyRide chassis system that will please customers in the High North. Like a Husky awakening in the snow in the morning, the car is shaking all the snow off its body during winter testing, using the capability of controlling the four wheels independently.

It might look too easy with just a layer of powder snow and no hard ice on it. But like the previous video with the pile of filled champaign glasses, four high, on the hood of the ET9 driving over several speed bumps without spilling a drop, it demonstrates the capabilities of this technology, as Chinese media are showing.

The NIO ET9 can lift its body 40 mm or lower it 50 mm independently on both sides, which creates the Husky-shaking effect. But, of course, this isn’t the primary intention of the developers. The latter should make it easy for people to get in the (higher) car at the start and enjoy a bumpless ride on the other side.

NIO’s drive-by-wire chassis was developed by US advanced suspension start-up ClearMotion, which NIO backs up financially. It can compensate for bumps in the road by adjusting the dampers up to 5 cm in just one second.

 

 

A video showing a pile of filled champaign glasses, four high, on the hood of a test car driving over several speed bumps without spilling a drop has to demonstrate the capabilities of this technology.

According to Chinese media, the car also features steer-by-wire (SBW), first developed by German tech company ZF, which signed a strategic tech agreement in October 2022. The steering includes rear-wheel steering up to an angle of 8.3 degrees.

Challenging Maybach

NIO will launch this year its new ‘executive flagship sedan’, the ET9, to play in the highest luxury car segment like the Mercedes-Maybach or EQS, or the BMW i7. It is something no Chinese brand has successfully done in their home market so far.

The 5,3-meter-long sedan is packed with NIO’s latest technology and features 925 Volt architecture and two electric motors delivering a combined output of 520 kW (697 hp). But the emphasis is on luxury, like the remarkable suspension shown in the videos.

Starting at €101,000

Not all technical specs have been released yet, but the price we know already as pre-ordering can start immediately: 800,000 yuan or some €101,000. The ET9 gets a 120 kWh battery pack with in-house developed 46105 cylindrical battery cells with a higher energy density of 292 Wh/kg.

Figures of the expected range have not been given yet, but as with all NIOs, the battery pack will be swappable. And NIO’s CEO showed the potential of the 150 kWh battery co-developed with WeLion, driving 1,044 km on one charge in an NIO ET7 a few weeks before.

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