The minimalist cabin is similarly modelled on the ET7, sharing that car’s largely featureless dashboard, vertically oriented infotainment touchscreen, digital gauge cluster and panoramic roof. Highlights include a sustainable ‘Clean+’ upholstery material which is claimed to improve the interior’s acoustics, ‘invisible’ air vents, a 256-colour ambient lighting system and a standard-fit Dolby Atmos sound system.
Nio also claims the ET5’s will feature “an industry first” when it comes to in-car entertainment. The manufacturer has worked with tech company NREAL to develop bespoke augmented reality glasses which can project a virtual 201in screen six metres in front of the wearer.
The ET5 will be equipped with autonomous driving functionality from launch, and will “gradually achieve a safe and reassuring autonomous driving experience for scenarios such as highways, urban areas, parking and battery swapping”. The features will be rolled out to owners after launch, available for the equivalent of an £81 monthly subscription.
Battery swapping is a defining feature of Nio’s business model, and customers who opt to participate can cut the equivalent of roughly £8000 off the price of their ET5. Battery swapping can be carried out at a dedicated facility in as little as three minutes, giving a full charge far quicker than even the fastest chargers on the market.