Test drives for the EC7 will open on April 10, with deliveries to begin in mid-May.

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Nio (NYSE: NIO) will allow consumers to lock in orders for the EC7 electric coupe SUV starting next Monday, with the model just a month away from its planned delivery date.

Starting at 10 am on April 10, the EC7 will be available for consumer order lock-ins, Nio announced in an article posted on its mobile app today.

EC7 show cars and vehicles for test drives have already begun shipping to Nio showrooms in cities across China, and test drives will be available starting April 10, Nio said.

Until Nio starts accepting orders for lock-in, consumers can still get the benefits of the earliest buyers by paying a reservation deposit of RMB 5,000 ($730). These benefits include using the deposit as RMB 10,000 for the purchase of the car.

These reservation benefits will no longer be available after the EC7 begins accepting locked orders.

Deliveries of custom vehicles for the EC7 will begin in mid-May, Nio said.

Orders for the EC7 with locked-in configurations by April 16 will be scheduled for production and delivery essentially in the order in which consumers pay their reservation deposits.

Starting April 17, the EC7 will be scheduled for production and delivery in the order in which consumers lock in their configurations.

Some options may result in later deliveries of customized EC7s, with deliveries expected to begin as early as July for models with the optional rear comfort package and August for EC7s with the optional coral red interior.

Here is a video about the design of the EC7 shared by Nio on its app.

Nio officially launched the EC7, its second coupe SUV after the EC6, at the Nio Day 2022 event last December 24, with a length of 4,968 mm, width of 1,974 mm, height of 1,714 mm and a wheelbase of 2,960 mm.

Nio offers an intelligent dimming glass option for the EC7's roof, the first time the company has introduced this option in one of its models.

Thanks to an optimized exterior design, the EC7 has a wind resistance coefficient of just 0.23 Cd, which Nio said is the lowest of any mass-produced SUV in the world.

The EC7 is equipped with a 180-kW permanent magnet motor at the front and a 300-kW induction motor at the rear, allowing the motor to reach a peak power of 480 kW.

The powertrain allows the EC7 to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, making it Nio's fastest-accelerating SUV.

Nio currently offers three versions of the EC7, including a version with a 75-kWh standard range battery pack, a version with a 100-kWh battery pack, and a premiere version with a 100-kWh battery pack.

Including the battery, the starting prices for these three versions are RMB 488,000, RMB 546,000 and RMB 578,000 respectively.

If consumers choose Nio's battery as a service (BaaS) program, the starting prices are RMB 418,000 for both regular versions and RMB 450,000 for the premiere version. Their monthly battery rental costs are RMB 980 yuan, 1680 yuan and 1680 yuan respectively.

Nio's NAD (Nio Autonomous Driving) feature will also be available for the EC7, and the full feature package will be available on a subscription basis at a cost of RMB 680 yuan per month. However, the software is not yet available.

Nio offers the first EC7 owners a 10-year unlimited mileage warranty, up to six free battery swaps per month, and free home charger.

It is worth noting that with the EC7 available, the EC6 is not discontinued.

On February 13, the new, NT 2.0 platform-based EC6 appeared in a filing catalog showing the model's appearance and core specifications.

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