NextEV electric supercar wows observers while being tested in Germany
【Summary】NextEV electric supercar wows observers while being tested in Germany
By Lydia Hu
An electric supercar — reportedly a semi-secret NextEV test vehicle — was recently spotted in Nürburgring, Germany during a test run. Insiders say the vehicle will use electric "supercar technology" from formula one racing. The car has a unique design as one might expect. It features an output of over 1,000 kW (1,360 HP), goes 0-100 km/h less than 3 seconds, and boasts a top speed of over 300 km/h. As such, it redefines the performance criteria for electric vehicles.
This is the first photo of the Next EV electric supercar
(Photos source: Road and Track)
The yet nameless supercar will be unveiled on November 21, 2016 in London. That storied city will become the NextEV supercar manufacturing base. The new car will be expected to compete with LaFerrai (Ferrai), McLaren P1, AM-RB 001 (Aston Martin) and Mercedes-AMG with a Formula 1 racing engine.
Concerning production: NextEV has only planned limited-production after its unveiling. In a statement during the Grand Opening celebration, Founder of NextEV, William Li, stated; "Initially, NextEV will only make six cars and will only have delivered to six funding investors including Ma Huateng (Founder, president, chief executive officer and executive board member of TenCent Inc), Lei Jun (Founder of Xiaomi Inc), Liu Qiangdong (NextEV Co-founder, Founder of JD.com), Li Xiang (NextEV Co-Founder), Zhang Lei (Founder, Chairman, and Chief Investment Officer of Hillhouse Capital Management, Ltd.) One should not forget to add in William Li himself as a car recipient.
NextEV is not the only startup that promises to develop an electric supercar. Just a few days ago, YT Jia (The founder of LeEco) let slip the news about Faraday Future (FF) when LeEco held a press conference in San Francisco. He said FF would perhaps debut a production car at the 2017 CES show. That said, a plethora of promises are bandied about, but who can say for sure what will happen in regard to these high performance vehicles? Yet it would appear that major steps are being made in regard to NextEV vehicles, including their speed, power, drive train, software and other components. From the vantage point of the streets of Germany, the future seems limitless.
Lydia is the project manager of audience development and social media at Futurecar. Lydia started her career in Tokyo at a Fortune Global 500 company before moving to Silicon Valley. Lydia put her bilingual skills to the test by covering the automobile industry and entrepreneurship. Her other journalism experience includes a sports reporting internship at Titan Media and numerous freelance writing gigs. Her professional skills include content optimization, business innovation, and working with industry trends in technology sectors. Lydia holds an M.A in Public Policy from Hitotsubashi University and B.A. in Arts Journalism from Fudan University.
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