BAIC, Beijing Auto Industri Cooperation, has the first all-electric pre-production vehicles ready to go. The BAIC 60, based on the Saab 9-3, is currently spinning its all-electric rounds. BAIC had acquired the technologies of the old Saab 18-9 and the Saab 5-9 from the Swedes a good 3 months ago. For BAIC comes the E-Saab offshoot at the right time, because the Beijing city government has limited the number of new registrations on 20.000 cars per month. This limits the home market of BAIC.
The city government plans to make Beijing an oasis of electric cars in the future. So the owners of the E-Mobile should no longer have to take part in the “license plate lottery” and should prefer to receive the coveted licenses. The pictures of the Elektro BAIC Saab appeared in several Chinese magazines today. Together with a hatchback offshoot, called C30, the C60 should go into series production in the next 6 months. If the pictures are the series version, which does not have to be because we have already seen other versions, we have a real Saab Clone in the Middle Kingdom without emissions rolling over the streets.
With the first authorities and military servicing in China, the first BAIC C60 will go into civilian hands in 12 months at the earliest.