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NIO to launch self-driving EV in 2020

NIO, a Chinese electric-vehicle (EV) startup, will market self-driving EVs in the U.S. by 2020, writes Automotive News China. 
 
The company made the announcement at it unveiled the self-driving EV, named EVE, at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. The U.S. launch of EVE is a prelude to NIO's global plans. 
 
EVE (pictured) is designed to be a “secondary living space”, offering its passengers the opportunity to relax and enjoy the ride, with a windshield that provides both a panoramic view and an augmented-reality display. 
 
NIO was was incorporated as NextEV in Shanghai in 2014, with financial backing from automotive websites Bitauto and Autohome and the e-commerce website JD.com. Its subsidiary in San Jose, California, which opened in 2015, employs 300 people.
 
Last November, the company introduced the NIO car brand and its first model, an electric sports car, the NIO EP9, with a range of 427 km, a top speed of 313 km/h and a recharge time of 45 minutes.
 
Image: NIO
14/03/2017  |  Frank Jacobs

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