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Audi Sues Nio Alleging ES6 And ES8 Names Infringe On S6 And S8

Audi filed a lawsuit in Munich against the Chinese EV maker Nio over alleged trademark infringement. The 4 Rings statements that the Nio ES6 and ES8 nameplates are also very similar to the S6 and S8.

The ES6 and ES8 are electric powered crossovers, whereas the S6 and S8 are general performance variations of the A6 and A8 sedans, respectively. The sporty Audi names have a record heading back again to the 1990s.

Nio launched the ES8 in Norway final yr. At this time, that nation is the only part of Europe the place the Chinese automaker operates. On its internet site, Nio is chronicling its approach to expand into Germany, which is meant to take place in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Nio intends the ET7 electric powered sedan to be its initial solution for sale in Germany. According to Germany’s Handelsblatt newspaper, the automaker is also displaying the ES6 and ES8 at automotive trade displays. Given that the lawsuit, Nio has been eradicating the product designations when exhibiting these vehicles.

In contrast to most EVs on the market, Nio’s items guidance brief-swappable batteries, in addition to house owners being in a position to plug them in. The business has an settlement with Shell to develop battery-changing places in Europe. The alternative only can take about 3 minutes, in accordance to the enterprise.

In addition to the enlargement into Germany, Nio wants to start in Sweden, Denmark, and The Netherlands, in accordance to Handelsblatt.

Audi is presently functioning on the A6 E-Tron that would contend against the Nio ET7 in Germany. The production model of it is meant to debut this year. The car or truck rides on the Premium System Electric (PPE) platform. In concept form, the sedan has a pair of electrical motors making a whole of 470 horsepower (350 kilowatts) and 590 pound-feet (800 Newton-meters). 

The A6 E-Tron concept has a 100-kilowatt-hour battery pack that provides an estimated variety of a lot more than 435 miles (700 kilometers) in the WLTP examination. It can speedy-cost at 270 kilowatts, providing 186 miles (300 kilometers) of driving length in just 10 minutes.

An A6 E-Tron Avant wagon joins the assortment in 2024. It will be mechanically similar to the sedan, just with much more cargo place.