The newspaper in Trollhättan can finally write about Saab again. After staying afloat in recent weeks with dilapidated villas, waste prevention and municipal problems, something seems to be on the move at the Stallbacka plant.
There it was since the 1. September extremely quiet. If someone was on the road, then certainly one of Saab Parts AB employees. These are, even though the investor from China is said to have 100 employees under contract, at least visually still in the majority.
Mattias Bergman, NEVS Vice President, has now announced at TTELA that his employer wants to become the first volume manufacturer in the “premium e-car segment” under the Saab brand. Hmm ... Okay - e-car and premium segment, there is still TESLA, a company that builds pure battery cars. And that still writes losses ... Should the Americans be the yardstick, or do you want to compare yourself with the new i models from BMW? The working title of the first Chinese product is called EV-1. Interesting and maybe not a good omen. A term for Saab fans, because EV-1 was a study with no prospect of production and is now in the Bilmuseum in Trollhättan.
EV-1 in the version 2.0 is based on the Saab 9-3, but should visually differ. As announced, EV-1 2.0 will launch 2013 at the end of the year or 2014 at the beginning of the year, and the main market is still seen in China, where the corresponding infrastructure is currently being vigorously expanded.
That this electric car adventure is politically intentional, it is becoming clearer. Local and imperial politicians see the future of Trollhättan and possibly the entire Swedish auto industry in the name of the electric drive. That's what our friends in Trollhättan understood, but without enthusiasm. NEVS will be able to count on subsidies should a production start up.
At least some cash flow has meanwhile generated the Chinese, who have been burning money every month since September. The press shop is now running again and is the second operating complex with the Aftersales division, which was leased to Saab Parts AB. In addition, there are new tenants who want to pull back to the Stallbacka. They use part of the office area and test stands. At least some money comes into the investor fund.
What is coming from Trollhättan in the long term? That is the question. To what extent the products of NEVS still have to do with Saab, we will only know in a few months. The car business will not be easier now. Volvo has from the 1. October production in Torslanda down for lack of demand from 57 to 50 cars per hour. Now you stop production for the 44. Calendar week totally. Further redundancies, apart from those already announced, are not planned for the time being. The times are tough for small manufacturers.