A startup trying to take on Tesla just gave a glimpse of the electric car it will release in 2020

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Another startup is looking to compete with Tesla in the electric car market.

Nio, formerly known as NextEV, announced Friday it was officially entering the US market at SXSW in Austin, Texas. The startup said it will release a self-driving, electric vehicle in the US in 2020.

At SXSW, Nio unveiled an electric concept to show off its vision for its future cars – scroll down for a closer look:


Called Nio Eve, the concept comes with an artificial intelligence bot called Nomi that can learn about passengers’ preferences over time.

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Nomi can communicate using the vehicle’s heads-up display.

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The concept features sliding doors…

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… And a panoramic sunroof.

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Because the Nio Eve is a vision for fully autonomous driving, the interior comes with folding tables and reclining seats.

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In November, Nio revealed that its supercar, Nio EP9, beat the previous electric vehicle record on the “Green Hell” track in Nürburg, Germany. The car completed the 13-mile course in 7 minutes and 5.12 seconds.

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The startup said at the time that the supercar reached a top speed of 194 mph and accelerated to 100 kilometers-per-hour (62 mph) in just 2.7 seconds. Nio also claims the supercar has a range of 265 miles.

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Nio has an autonomous vehicle testing permit in California and plans to release its mass market vehicle in 2020.

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