Chinese experimental electric car flies from the third floor of a skyscraper, killing two ‘test drivers’

Chinese experimental electric car flies from the third floor of a skyscraper and crashes to the ground, killing two ‘test drivers’

  • Nio said its ET5 model flew from a third-floor test facility in Shanghai
  • The accident resulted in the death of a worker and a person from a partner company
  • One employee said it was caused by the driver putting the car in the wrong gear

A Chinese electric car flew from the third floor of its headquarters in a Shanghai skyscraper, killing two test drivers.

Carmaker Nio said an employee and one person from a partner company died after the ET5 fell from the test facility.

The horrific accident occurred on Wednesday at 5:20 p.m., and the Tesla competitor launched an immediate investigation with government officials.

A Chinese electric car flew from the third floor of its headquarters in a Shanghai skyscraper, killing two test drivers.

Carmaker Nio said an employee and a person from a partner company died after the ET5 fell from its test facility.

Carmaker Nio said an employee and a person from a partner company died after the ET5 fell from its test facility.

The authorities attended the scene, but were unable to rescue the two people inside the car.

“It’s not a braking problem, (the driver) was hoping to put it in reverse, but instead put it forward,” a staff member told Xin Huanghe.

Nio said: ‘Our company has cooperated with the Public Security Department to start an investigation and analyze the cause of the accident. Based on the analysis of the situation at the scene of the accident, we can initially confirm that this was an accident that was not caused by the car.

We are deeply saddened by this incident and would like to express our deepest condolences to our colleague and partner employee who lost their lives. A team has been set up to help families.

The horrific accident occurred on Wednesday at 5.20 pm, and the Tesla competitor launched an immediate investigation with government officials.

The horrific accident occurred on Wednesday at 5.20 pm, and the Tesla competitor launched an immediate investigation with government officials.

Many on the Chinese social network Weibo criticized the company for claiming that the accident was not caused by the car.

Someone said it “shows the cold blood of capitalism”.

Another wrote: “The last sentence is indifferent. They [test drivers] I came to test the car, but you say [the accident] Nothing to do with the vehicle?

The company later published an amended statement that they still refer to as an accident, but added brackets around the controversial words.

Nio is a leading Chinese manufacturer of interchangeable batteries for its cars and is part of a major government drive to take control of the electric car industry.

The company has been referred to as the “Tesla Killer” in China for threatening the electric car brand Elon Musk, which has a huge factory in Shanghai.

The ET5 was revealed in December and is a competitor to the Tesla Model 3.

It comes with a standard 75 kWh battery that lasts 342 miles, a 100 kWh long range battery that covers 435 miles, or a 150 kWh ultra long battery that lasts 621 miles.

The £40,000 car has 483 horsepower and can hit 62 mph in 4.3 seconds.

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