Chinese experimental electric car flies out of third floor of skyscraper killing two ‘test drivers’
Chinese experimental electric car flies out of third-floor skyscraper and crashes to the ground, killing two ‘test drivers’
- Nio said his ET5 model flew from a third-floor test facility in Shanghai
- An employee and a person from a partner company were killed in the crash
- An employee said it was caused by the driver putting the car in the wrong gear
A Chinese electric car flew out of the third floor of the Shanghai skyscraper headquarters, killing two test drivers.
Carmaker Nio said a staff member and a person from a partner company died after the ET5 model fell from the testing facility.
The shocking incident happened at 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, and the Tesla rival along with government officials have launched an immediate investigation.
A Chinese electric car has flown out of the third floor of the Shanghai skyscraper headquarters, killing two test drivers
Carmaker Nio said a staff member and a person from a partner company died after the ET5 model fell from the testing facility
Authorities arrived on the scene, but were unable to rescue the two people in the car.
An employee told Xin Huanghe: “It’s not a braking problem, (the driver) had hoped to put it in reverse gear, but instead in forward gear.”
Nio said: “Our company has cooperated with the public safety department to start the investigation and analysis of the cause of the accident. Based on the analysis of the situation on site, we can initially confirm that this is an accident not caused by the vehicle.
“We are very saddened by this accident and would like to express our deepest condolences to our colleague and associate who has passed away. A team has been set up to help the families.’
The shocking incident took place at 5:20 p.m. on Wednesday and the Tesla rival has launched an immediate investigation along with government officials
Many on the Chinese social media site Weibo have criticized the company for claiming the crash was not caused by the vehicle.
One said it “shows the cold blood of capitalism.”
Another wrote: ‘The last sentence is so indifferent. She [test drivers] came to test the vehicle, but you say: [the accident] has nothing to do with the vehicle?’
The company later released an amended statement still calling it an accident but adding parentheses around the controversial words.
Nio is a Chinese leader in the field of interchangeable batteries in its cars and is part of a major government drive to dominate the electric car industry.
The company has been dubbed China’s “Tesla killer” because of its threat to Elon Musk’s electric car brand, which has a huge factory in Shanghai.
The ET5 was unveiled in December and serves as the rival to the Tesla Model 3.
It comes with a 75 kWh standard range battery that lasts 342 miles, a 100 kWh long range battery that covers 435 miles, or a massive 150 khW Ultralong battery that lasts 621 miles.
The £40,000 car has 483 horsepower and can reach 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds.