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News Article | May 12, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

MUNICH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, the NIO EP9 set a new lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, achieving a lap time of 6m 45.900s (six minutes, 45.900 seconds). “In October 2016, we aimed to set a new lap record for an electric vehicle with our NIO EP9. In the inclemental weather that the Nürburgring Nordschleife is known for, the EP9 completed two laps of the 20.8 km (12.9m) ‘Green Hell’, one of which was in 7m 05.12s, beating the previous EV lap record, making it the fastest electric car in the world. The EP9’s new lap record is 19.22 seconds faster than its previous lap time. This is a fabulous achievement for NIO and I am very proud of the team that has worked tirelessly to achieve this accolade,” said Gerry Hughes, Head of Performance Program & FE Team Principal, NIO. The EP9’s 1-MegaWatt of power is equivalent to 1360PS (1342 bhp) and the vehicle has a top speed of 313kph (194mph). The EP9 accelerates from 0-200kph (0-124mph) in 7.1 seconds. Previously, the EP9 has broken or set new track records at four world-renowned racetracks. Last month, NIO announced that it plans to produce a second batch of ten EP9s, and each one will be made to order. The NIO EP9 is priced at 1.48 million USD. In March, NIO announced that they will have autonomous electric vehicles in the U.S. market in 2020. The company also unveiled “NIO EVE” – the embodiment of their vision for the future of autonomous cars. Last month, NIO unveiled the NIO ES8, a full size 7-seater all electric SUV that it will launch for the China market later this year. “As a company, we were born to push limits. Setting and breaking records with our EP9 is for the sole purpose to show the world that we have the automotive and technical expertise to succeed in the global automotive market. Our vision is to be the best of the next generation of car companies by producing the smartest vehicles in world,” said Padmasree Warrior, CEO, NIO, U.S. NIO is a global start-up, designing and developing smart, high-performance, premium electric vehicles. NIO has thousands of world-class R&D and design experts from around the world with significant technology and management background from leading automobile and high tech companies. NIO has more than 2,000 employees in San Jose, Shanghai, Munich, London and eight other locations. In October, NIO USA announced that it was issued an Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit by the California DMV and it would begin testing on public roads under the Autonomous Vehicle Tester Program guidelines as it progresses on its path to bring autonomy to market. Investors include Tencent, Temasek, Baidu Capital, Sequoia Capital, Lenovo, TPG and other world-renowned investment institutions.


News Article | May 15, 2017
Site: www.gizmag.com

You're probably tired of hearing about the Nurburgring Nordschleife at the moment. Hot hatches have been battling relentlessly for the front-drive lap record, and Mercedes now owns the rear-wheel drive record. One intrepid soul even did a lap on two wheels. But these records all pale in comparison to the time laid down by Chinese newcomer NIO. The company has claimed a blistering new lap record at the Nordschleife with its EP9 supercar. All the records mentioned in the intro are class-specific. The Honda Civic Type-R is the fastest front-wheel drive car to lap the North Loop, and the AMG GT R is the quickest rear-driver. But the NIO EP9 clocked a 6:45.900 lap, topping the Radical SR8LM by 2.1 seconds and Lamborghini's Huracan Performante by 6 seconds to become the outright fastest production car around the Nurburgring. This isn't the first time NIO has taken its electric supercar to Germany in search of laptime glory. Last year, the Chinese company set a 7:05.120 lap of the same circuit. Conditions were not ideal, but the time was fast enough to hand the EP9 a record for electric vehicles. The most recent attempt was conducted in ideal conditions, but we aren't sure that's all that changed. This record attempt was run and timed by NIO itself, and the car was prepared by the company. A set of extra sticky tires, or a slightly tweaked aerodynamics package can make a huge difference over a lap, and without any external body (like a car magazine or TV crew) watching, there isn't any independent verification that it was in purely production spec. Still, this is hardly the first Nurburgring record to attract controversy. Manufacturers have been accused of squeezing more power from their cars, for example, but on that front there isn't necessarily any more to get out of the NIO EP9. With 1342 hp (1001 kW) on tap, it'll accelerate to 313 km/h (194 mph) in 7.1 seconds. So lap records aside, this thing is an absolute weapon. The EP9 will be built in extremely limited numbers, and order books are open at the moment. The company hasn't put a cap on production, but the second batch of cars will be made up of just 10. Prices start at US$1.48 million.


News Article | May 29, 2017
Site: www.gizmag.com

Last month, the limited-production 986 hp McLaren P1 LM became the world's fastest production car around the most demanding circuit in the world, the 20.8 km Nürburgring Nordschleife. The time of 6:43.2 is so extraordinary that it is a significant automotive landmark for McLaren, the Lanzante team that executed the mission, and the the car that was used. Here's why. Breaking the Nürburgring Nordschleife production lap record is no mean feat. A car's lap time around the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the circuit Jackie Stewart named "the Green Hell", has long been the benchmark for performance cars and attempts at the lap record by factory teams have become increasingly common in recent years, because a good lap time around the circuit validates that car's sporting bonafides. (Read more on Nürburgring Nordschleife record attempts). It is very difficult to fudge a good lap time around the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Without race-winning roadholding, acceleration, braking, speed and superb handling, it just can't be done. You need a very good driver and an extraordinary car to cope with the Nürburgring's unique combination of racetrack challenges, and to do it faster than anyone else has ever done it, in a car that is in series production and can be legally driven on the road. The above is a precise list of the lap times produced by cars that vaguely fit the description of a production road car, so let's start there. One of the biggest problems of such record attempts is in the use of the term "production car." McLaren's PR department has skillfully validated the road car claim by driving the P1 LM back to London in bleak Northern European weather, and the P1 LM is a production car because Lanzante produced five of them, so each car had already been hand-made from unobtainium twice – once by McLaren, then again by Lanzante. The price of the P1 LM is unclear because like superyachts and other hyper-exclusive luxury items, discretion is part of the deal. Lanzante has acknowledged that the five cars went to America, Japan, UAE and the UK, but that's all we'll find out until the cars and buyers are identified by the press. The first of the five to surface was reportedly offered for US$3.6 million last September and another was offered for US$4.36 million last October. Lanzante isn't even saying what the original price was, but let's consider the economics. Each LM was produced at incredible expense from the £1,980,000 race-track-only McLaren P1 GTR. On top of that, in order to become one of the five given the opportunity to purchase a P1 LM, you had to already own a £1,150,000 McLaren P1 to begin with. Most guesses as to the purchase price paid for the McLaren P1 LM are in the vicinity of £3.0 million. Another factor related to the "production car lap record" is that once any worthwhile "quest" has been established, man's ingenuity in achieving the goal knows no bounds, and moral compasses become dysfunctional. The NIO EP9 (pictured above), which McLaren just knocked off the top of the list, is a Chinese supercar that isn't yet in production and it wore slick tires for the record attempt. That and many other attempts were performed by a factory team, and there's a lot you can do underneath the skin to extract performance. In the case of electric vehicles in particular, there's much that can be done when peak performance only needs to last for 20 kilometers. There is no "oversight" or validating body for any the Nurburgring lap times and when one single string of numbers such as NIO's 6:45.9 can establish the car's credibility, and the viability of an entire company can hinge on getting that number, suspending disbelief is becoming increasingly problematic. The McLaren P1 LM is the last of McLaren's P1 variants. It's also the rarest. There were 375 P1 units made, plus 45 race-only GTR versions of which five were converted by Lanzante to become GTR-based LM road cars. Take a look at the picture above and you'll get just an inkling of the massive difference between the relatively common P1 hypercar at the top of the image and the one-of-five P1 LM at the bottom of the image. There's a reason the LM costs nearly three times as much and you can't see most of the things they did under the skin, or the way the entire front of the car has been redesigned with a much bigger front splitter. The overall aerodynamic changes resulted in 40 percent extra downforce at speed. The LM's shares 986 hp (735 kW) GTR powertrain has 83 hp more than the P1. This was achieved by increasing the capacity of the twin turbo V8 engine from 3798cc to 3994cc to produce 789 hp (588 kW), while its electric companion motor provides a supplementary 197 hp (148 kW). The driver for the Nürburgring record was Kenny Bräck, 1998 Indy Racing League champion, 1999 Indianapolis 500 winner and the Rally X gold medal winner at the 2009 X-Games 15. Kenny has driven a lot of miles "on the limit" in a P1 and is one of the greatest talents never to have raced in Formula One. He's also an official McLaren test driver, so don't underestimate the presence of McLaren in this attempt. Lanzante may not be a name our readers are familiar with. The company's web site will do little to enlighten you and that's undoubtedly fine with Lanzante – why spend your marketing budget on people you don't do business with? Those who can afford to do business with Lanzante know the company. The Wikipedia entry offers more info, but that's just a fraction of the story, as you don't get to remanufacture a McLaren and give it an official model designation without producing work that is beyond astonishingly excellent. The company has a long association with McLaren, and ran the semi-works McLaren F1 GTR that won the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans, where McLaren took four of the first five places in the event at its first attempt. That's the Lanzante car that made history in 1995 above. The Nürburgring lap record project also received considerable support from Pirelli which made a special road legal Trofeo tire specifically for the P1 LM. One wonders how much clout you need to persuade a huge tire company to produce tires for a run of five cars, or how much it will cost an LM owner to keep their toy "well heeled" – or more relevant to this article, whether it stretches the definition of production car too far in claiming the lap record. An indication of the extent to which Lanzante went in creating the P1 LM is the Alcantara-trimmed steering wheel. All five LMs use a modified version of the wheel used in the McLaren MP4/23 driven by Lewis Hamilton to win the 2008 F1 drivers title. There are a host of other refinements on the LM, which is claimed to be some 60 kg lighter than even the GTR thanks to a host of weight-saving measures such as the removal of the race-ready air-jack system, the use of lightweight seats replicated from the original McLaren F1 GTR, lightweight Inconel exhaust and titanium tailpipes, lightweight fabricated charge coolers, Lexan windows, and the use of titanium bolts and fixings. Notably, the car retains air conditioning, and Lanzante has added a toolkit replicating that of the original McLaren F1. Nice for some. Many news outlets are reporting that the McLaren LM's 6:43.2 was an outright lap record for the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit. Though the Nordschleife circuit layout used for these production record attempts is now open to the public, it hasn't seen use in an open racing event since 1983 when the outright lap record was set by Stefan Bellof in a Porsche 956 (just like the one above) at 6:11.13, which highlights the difference between a road car and a race car. With a 2.65 liter turbocharged flat-6 engine producing just 635 hp (474 kW), the Porsche 956 took pole position for the 1983 World Endurance Championship round held at Nürburgring. That's 350 hp less than the McLaren P1 LM, but the Porsche 956 weighed in at 800 kg, almost half the weight of the P1 LM. Strap in and soak up Lanzante's beautifully produced video of the record lap:


News Article | April 19, 2017
Site: www.gizmag.com

The NIO ES8 will enter production late this year for the Chinese market (Credit: NIO) Chinese startup NIO has unveiled a new sport utility vehicle for the Chinese market. The electric SUV will enter serial production later this year with seating for seven and a swappable battery pack. The NIO ES8 is a full-sized SUV with a 2-3-2 seating arrangement. An all-aluminum body and chassis underpins the vehicle, and it's powered by twin motors – one on each axle. An active air ride suspension and a battery pack that can be swapped out for a freshly-charged pack finish out the design. NIO is otherwise scant on the details for this new SUV, whose exterior design is very similar to that of the Mitsubishi Outlander. The company says it's put thousands of test miles on the ES8 in Inner Mongolia and in Australia. NIO plans to launch the ES8 SUV at the end of the year, with deliveries beginning next year. NIO has facilities and employees in several countries, including the United States, China, and Europe. The company recently received approval in California to begin road testing an autonomous vehicle. So far, the ES8 SUV has been promised only for the Chinese market. The company is also now taking pre-orders on its EP9 supercar


« Bentley brings electric EXP 12 Speed 6e concept to Auto Shanghai | Main | NIO unveils production electric SUV for China market; NIO ES8 to launch end of this year » A brain study by researchers from Toyota Central R&D Laboratories, along with a colleague from Japan’s National Institute of Physiological Sciences, has found that drivers show significantly greater gray matter (GM) volume in the left cerebellar hemisphere—which has been associated with cognitive rather than motor functioning—than non-drivers. An open access paper on their work is published in the journal Scientific Reports. Previous neuroimaging studies have found multiple brain areas associated with distinct aspects of car driving in simulated traffic environments. Few studies, however, have examined brain morphology associated with everyday car-driving experience in real traffic, the researchers said. Their goal was to identify gray matter volume differences between drivers and non-drivers. Driving is a complex everyday activity that requires multiple types of sensory processing, cost-weighted decision making, precise motor control, and other abilities. Even on an empty road, drivers must continuously operate the steering wheel and pedals in consideration of complicated vehicle dynamics. Driving is also a vigilance task, which is often undertaken for prolonged periods of time, and carries a constant risk of injury or death resulting from collisions. Despite this, driving is commonly thought to provide pleasure, at least, in certain circumstances or among car enthusiasts. Each of these features shapes the peculiarities of car driving in everyday life experiences. It is widely accepted that experience can alter the structure of the brain. … it is highly likely that everyday car-driving experience modulates the structure of specific brain regions associated with the demands of driving a car in real traffic. However, few studies have investigated brain morphology associated with car-driving experience. The team recruited university students with either a few years’ or no driving experience and collected structural brain images for a whole-brain voxel-based morphometry (VBM) analysis to examine between-group differences in regional gray matter volume. The whole-brain VBM analysis found brain regions showing greater GM volume (adjusted for age) in drivers compared to non-drivers; no brain areas showed a significantly larger GM volume in non-drivers compared with drivers. Within the limitations of cross-sectional investigation, the current results demonstrate that a few years of car-driving experience in real traffic is associated with greater GM volume in the left cerebellar hemisphere. However, it is not possible to completely rule out hidden factors confounded with car-driving experience. Any activities and experiences concomitant with the selection of the primary transportation mode (i.e., to use or not use a car) are potential confounding factors between drivers and non-drivers. In that respect, the most obvious limitation of this study is that transportation modes in non-drivers were not fully assessed. Accordingly, given the results of the present study, we cannot specify which aspects of car driving are associated with left cerebellar GM increase. In addition, larger cerebellar GM volume might foster more interest in car driving, rather than be a consequence of car-driving experience. To overcome these limitations, it is desirable to conduct a larger sample, randomized longitudinal study that collects detailed information regarding not only frequency and type of usage of cars in drivers but also transportation modes in non-drivers, as well as the concomitant activities and experiences in both groups.


News Article | June 19, 2017
Site: phys.org

The catch: The EP9 costs nearly $1.5 million. NIO, a Chinese-Western hybrid with bases in Shanghai, London and Silicon Valley, created it to showcase the company's technology and had no sales plans. But it is taking orders for "bespoke vehicles" after hearing from buyers ready to pay the eye-popping price. "We are actually pleasantly surprised how much interest we are getting," said the CEO of NIO's U.S. unit, Padmasree Warrior, a veteran of Cisco and Motorola. NIO is part of a wave of fledgling automakers—all backed at least in part by Chinese investors—that are propelling the electric vehicle industry's latest trend: ultra-high-performance cars. Manufacturers including Detroit Electric, Qiantu Motor, Thunder Power and NEVS aim to compete with Europe, Detroit and Japan by offering top speeds over 150 mph (240 kph) and features including carbon fiber bodies and web-linked navigation and entertainment. The ventures mix U.S. and European technology with Chinese money and manufacturing, reflecting this country's rise as a market and investor for an industry where Beijing wants a leading role. Communist leaders see electric vehicles as a way to clear China's smog-choked cities and as an engine for economic development. "We really haven't seen non-Chinese companies get into this super-technology market," said Chris Robinson, who follows the industry for Lux Research. NIO's backers include Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings, operator of the popular WeChat messaging service; computer maker Lenovo Group, a Singapore government-owned investment fund and U.S.-based IDG Capital, TPG and Hillhouse Capital. Some brands are following the strategy of Tesla Inc., which debuted with an eye-catching roadster to establish a premium image before launching lower-priced models. The instant torque and acceleration of electric cars make them natural performance vehicles. Detroit Electric, a revival of a pioneering U.S. electric car brand founded in 1907, launched a sports car venture this year with a Chinese battery maker and the government of Yixing, west of Shanghai. For a base price of $135,000, the company promises zero to 60 mph (100 kph) in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph (250 kph). The first seven of 100 cars ordered by European dealers have been delivered, according to its chairman and CEO, Albert Lam, a former Lotus chief executive. He said the company aims to release an SUV in 2018 and wants to have a four-vehicle lineup by 2020. "Our target is to be the first Chinese-based vehicle company to sell worldwide," said Lam. Thunder Power, led by Hong Kong entrepreneur Wellen Sham, has a similarly multinational plan for a sport sedan due out in late 2018. The company is building a factory in southern China and plans a second in Spain. Engineering work is being handled by Italy's Dallara Automobili, which helped develop Bugatti's Veyron, the fastest street-legal car with a top speed of 255 mph (408.84 kph). Thunder Power promises a top speed of 155 mph (245 kph). The company says its competitive edge will be a battery that can go up to 400 miles (650 kilometers) on one charge, or almost double the 200 to 250 miles (320 to 400 kilometers) of current high-end electrics. Beijing's backing has helped to make China the biggest electric vehicle market at a time of uncertainty about the scale of support for the industry from Washington and European governments. Sales in China of plug-in and hybrid vehicles in the first quarter of this year totaled 55,929, versus 44,876 for the United States. The Cabinet hopes to have 100,000 public charging stations and 800,000 private stations operating by the end of this year. Regulators are pressing manufacturers to speed up development with a proposal to require that electrics account for at least 8 percent of each brand's production by next year. To raise its profile, the electric vehicle industry launched its own racing circuit, dubbed Formula E, in 2014 with battery-powered Formula One-style cars and events in China, Europe, the United States and Mexico. Still, no matter how appealing they are, there aren't enough buyers to support so many high-performance brands, said Lux's Robinson. He noted Ferrari or Lamborghini might sell only 15 of their fastest vehicles, which are treated as marketing tools and even at prices above $1 million fail to make a profit. Manufacturers wanting to move into lower priced segments face a crowded market, he said. "Really, not all of them are going to make it," said Robinson. Despite that, the newcomers express confidence they can take market share from established rivals. NIO's Warrior points to the transition from cellphones to smartphones, in which industry leaders were displaced by upstarts. "We are in the beginning of a race. We are all at the same starting position," said Christopher Nicoll, marketing director for Thunder Power. Detroit Electric's Lam said his financial plan calls for each car to be sold at a profit by 2019. "We are not from the internet world," he said. "We know how important it is for a car company to make money." Other Chinese tech companies including internet search engine operator Baidu Inc. and LeEco, an online video service, are working on electric and self-driving vehicles. Most have research centers in Silicon Valley or Europe. "China isn't necessarily a technological leader. They are a production leader," said Robinson. "A lot of the more advanced electric vehicle, power train and other technology research is going on in Europe and the United States." Chinese city governments are forging partnerships with automakers in hopes of becoming manufacturing centers. That helped Detroit Electric carry out its plans after other investors were uncertain, Lam said. He said the company picked Yixing after talking with four cities. "We were invited to come to China," said Lam. The most prominent homegrown competitor is Qiantu Motor, led by a former executive of a state-owned automaker. Qiantu says its K50, on sale next year, will deliver a top speed of 125 mph (200 kph) and go 185 miles (300 kilometers) on one charge. NEVS is developing a sedan to be made in China based on technology acquired from defunct Swedish automaker Saab. Its owners include National Modern Energy Holdings Ltd., a Chinese developer of renewable energy technology, the government of the eastern city of Tianjin and State Research Information Technology Co., owned by the Chinese Cabinet. NIO developed the EP9 to promote its technology for self-driving vehicles. The first, a seven-seat SUV, is due to be released in China in 2018. The company worried buyers saw electrics as a "little toy car." It wants to "break that mold and say that an electric car can be a serious performance car," said Warrior. NIO says a self-driving version of the EP9 hit 160 mph (256 kph) in February on an Austin, Texas, test track. "We made seven, thinking it was essentially for a collector," said Warrior. "Now there is increased interest. People actually want to buy this car." Explore further: China car dilemma: Beijing wants electric, buyers want SUVs


News Article | June 7, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

Influx of companies building smart, connected products fuels company growth, spurs further expansion to satisfy growing global customer needs PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwired - June 07, 2017) - Today, Jama Software announced the opening of its European headquarters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The expansion of Jama Software's footprint reflects a commitment to serving innovators around the world, and increasing the level of local support and service to a growing number of global customers developing new products in Europe. "Our entire company is laser-focused on the mission of modernizing, digitizing and transforming the complex product development process for our customers" said Scott Roth, CEO of Jama Software. "Many of the world's most innovative products are being built using Jama Software. Therefore, it's essential that we evolve our organizational structure and offerings to serve the growing needs of our customers." According to the Industrial Research Institute, more than 21% of the world's R&D investment was scheduled to come from Europe in 2016, accounting for more than $300 billion in spend. In Jama Software's Fiscal Year 2017, which concluded April 30, more than 100 new companies globally started using Jama Software's product development platform and 250 existing customers expanded their usage. "As a global business, a significant portion of our R&D takes place in Europe. Jama Software's success underpins our success and I'm very pleased to see Jama Software expanding its presence in the European market." said Grant More, Head of Systems Engineering at Analog Devices in Edinburgh, a Jama Software customer. "Jama Software plays a valuable role in our product development process and we look forward to even closer partnership with them into the future." Jama Software's new customer growth is fueled by industries that are undergoing transformation driven by the rise of IoT and the realization of smart, connected products. Growth in customer count across medical, automotive, semiconductor, aerospace, consumer and industrial technologies is the result of massive product innovation in those industries. New customers include Abbott Diagnostics, Cadence Design Systems, Ekso Bionics, Facebook Connectivity Lab, Gogo Inflight, NIO Automotive, Schneider Electric and Spaceflight Industries. In its 2017 fiscal year, Jama Software launched its partner alliance program, achieved certification by TÜV SÜD for safety-related development, introduced its Functional Safety Validation Kit, released major product updates including live traceability enhancements and recognition as one of Oregon's Most Admired Companies by the Portland Business Journal. Jama Software is the definitive system of record and action for product development. The company's modern requirements and test management solution helps enterprises accelerate development time, mitigate risk, slash complexity and verify regulatory compliance. More than 600 product-centric organizations, including NASA, Thales and Caterpillar, use Jama Software to modernize their process for bringing complex products to market. The company is headquartered in Portland, OR. For more information, visit www.jamasoftware.com.


News Article | February 28, 2017
Site: cleantechnica.com

NextEV’s very impressive supercar, the NIO EP9, recently set a new “production car” lap record at the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin — completing the lap in just 2.11.30 — according to recent reports. I put “production car” in quotes since I don’t know who the company thinks that it’s kidding — there were only 6 NIO EP9 supercars made, and they were only made available to major company investors. Either way, though, impressive times. What’s probably more interesting, however, is that the NIO EP9 in question also did a lap completely autonomously in just 2.40.33 — only around a half minute or so slower than “good” drivers can manage. “The megawatt-producing, 1,342-horsepower EP9 accelerates to 124 mph in 7.1 seconds and it can go all the way to 194 mph. Its COTA top speeds were 170 mph with a driver and 160 mph autonomously. The manufacturer will introduce the supercar for the United States market next month in Austin. … “Unveiled late last year, NextEV’s ambitious NIO EP9 electric supercar has been setting some impressive laptimes. The manufacturer says the EP9 is the fastest electric car in the world, with a 7:05.12 Nürburgring Nordschleife lap and a 1:52.78 Circuit Paul Ricard lap under its belt.” Impressive when taken all together, but not of much meaning to the everyday lives of … really, anyone. Hopefully the company sets its eyes on offering an affordable electric SUV (~$30,000) or something like that. That’s what would be interesting to me — not another luxury offering like Faraday Future is planning to release. Buy a cool T-shirt or mug in the CleanTechnica store!   Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech daily newsletter or weekly newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter. James Ayre 's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.


News Article | February 27, 2017
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SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, NIO, a next-generation car company, announced the fastest ever autonomous lap at the Circuit of the Americas Race Track in Austin, Texas. On February 23, the NIO EP9 drove autonomously without any interventions, recording a time of 2m 40.33s (two minutes, 40.33 seconds) at a top speed of 160 mph. The same day, the NIO EP9 also beat the fastest COTA lap time for a production car with a driver, achieving a lap time of 2m 11.30s (two minutes, 11.30 seconds) and reaching a top speed of 170 mph. The technology and software which delivered the world’s fastest autonomous lap was developed by the engineers at NIO U.S. headquartered in Silicon Valley. This tremendous feat was accomplished from start to finish in just 4 months. A few months ago, on October 12, 2016, the NIO EP9 set a record at the Nürburgring Nordschliefe and lapped the 20.8km ‘Green Hell’ in 7m 05.12s, making it the fastest electric car in the world. With four high-performance inboard motors and four individual gearboxes, the EP9 delivers 1-MegaWatt of power, equivalent to 1360PS (1342BHP). The EP9 accelerates from 0-124 mph in 7.1 seconds and has a top speed of 194 miles per hour. With an interchangeable battery system, the EP9 is designed to be charged in 45 minutes and has a range of 265 miles. Padmasree Warrior, CEO of NIO U.S said, “At NIO, we are all about raising the bar for the entire automotive industry. Breaking records with the NIO EP9 demonstrates our automotive and technology expertise to be a leader in the global market. Our Silicon Valley team brings together the best talent from automotive and software domains, which helped us achieve this remarkable result in an incredibly short time. Our goal is to be the best next-generation car company, by delivering autonomous vehicles with amazing experiences for people all over the world. We look forward to sharing our vision for the car of the future in Austin, Texas at SXSW in March.” COTA COO, Katja Heims said: “We are honored to be a part of NIO’s amazing lap record and see performance and autonomy coexist. We all know that autonomous vehicles are part of the future and this new record is further proof.” NIO will hold a U.S. launch in Austin, Texas from Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 12 at Coppertank Event Center. The autonomous NIO EP9 will be on display. NIO executives and staff will be onsite to share our vision for the future of autonomous vehicles. Padmasree Warrior, NIO U.S CEO will deliver a keynote at SXSW on Saturday, March 11 at 11a.m. at the JW Marriott, Salon 5-6. For media not able to attend the showcase in person, NIO will have a webcast event and Q&A session at 10a.m. on Friday, March 10. If you are media and want to attend the webcast or come by our showcase please contact NIO (events@nio.com) for credentials or questions. NIO is a global start-up, designing and developing smart, high-performance, premium electric vehicles. NIO has thousands of world-class R&D and design experts from around the world with significant technology and management background from leading automobile and high tech companies. NIO has more than 2,000 employees in San Jose, Shanghai, Munich, London and eight other locations. In October, NIO USA announced that it was issued an Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit by the California DMV and it would begin testing on public roads under the Autonomous Vehicle Tester Program guidelines as it progresses on its path to bring autonomy to market. Investors include Tencent, Temasek, Sequoia Capital, Lenovo, TPG and other world-renowned investment institutions. The company is also involved in the FIA Formula Championship, the world’s first single-seater, all-electric racing series. The NextEV NIO Formula E team won the inaugural drivers’ championship title in 2015.


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