According to a report by Sina News, a NIO ET7 testing model fell from the third floor of a parking lot on Wednesday in Jiading (Shanghai) causing two deaths. The engineers were performing operational tests on the vehicle at the time of the accident, and the location of the vehicle was confirmed to be a parking lot, people familiar with the matter told the Chinese media.
After the arrival of the medical and the rescue team, the two occupants were sent to Shanghai Eastern Hepatobiliary Surgery Hospital for treatment. One of them died due to “ineffective rescue”, and the second one was declared dead in the early morning of Thursday (June 23) after non-effective results following the surgery in the hospital.
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The ET5 model features the latest NIO Autonomous Driving (NAD). “With NIO Aquila Super Sensing and NIO Adam Super Computing, the car will gradually achieve a safe and reassuring autonomous driving experience in scenarios such as highways, urban areas, parking, and battery swapping”, the EV maker said in early January.
NIO confirmed the accident with its model and added that the specific situation needs to wait for further official news for a formal response, SINA reported.
Earlier this week, NIO announced opening the orders of the 2022 ES8, ES6, and EC6 models. The upgraded versions were unveiled last week during NIO’s product launch event with the arrival time to NIO Houses expected for July and the beginning of the deliveries for August.
Last week, the company hosted a product launch event where it launched a new medium five-seater SUV with an NT2.0 platform, NIO ES7. The model was rated a five-star safety of C-NCAP and Euro NCAP tests, a Cd of 0.263, and a starting price of RMB 468,000 ($69,700 USD).
On the first day of June, NIO reported 7,024 vehicles delivered in May showing an increase year-over-year and also from the previous month, when delivered 5,074 units. On NIO App, William Li answered to customers and enthusiasts saying “Thank you all! We will continue to work hard in June”.