About the Sweden radio came more good news from the Saab factory. Early next year, the first electric Saabs in the sedan version will be on their way to China. The final assembly takes place in Quingdao, where batteries and electric motors are installed. The energy sources come from Beijing National Battery Technology, another company from the realm of NEVS founder Kai Johan Jiang.
At present, two more battery factories are under construction in China, and the existing plant is fully utilized to supply battery-powered buses. According to press chief Mikael Östlund, 80% of the parts of the EV are identical to the gasoline version. The city of Quindao ordered the first 200 Saab 9-3 EV on the penultimate Monday.
The market for electric vehicles is growing rapidly in China, so NEVS comes on the market with the new products at the right time. The government subsidizes the purchase of an electric car with around 6.600,00 €, the city of Quingdao again adds the same amount. In addition, the state-owned electricity company, which works closely with NEVS founder Kai Johan Jiang, plans to build 220.000 (!) Charging stations along China's East Coast.
According to Mikael Östlund, the first Saab electric car should have a range of 200 kilometers, less than expected. However, batteries and powertrain are continually being optimized, so the range will increase. When and if the Saab EV will appear on the market in Sweden, is currently unclear. Whether it is distributed via the Internet or through the traditional dealer structures, is currently not decided. In any case, in China, NEVS is in negotiations with commercial companies that will sell the new electric car.
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The next generation of electric vehicles from Trollhättan will be based on the Phoenix platform and will probably appear 2016. The vehicle, which is optimized in terms of reach and weight, will then have similar values to the Tesla products. The differences between conventional drives and the new generation of vehicles will disappear more and more.
Decisive for the success of the concept will be the expansion of the infrastructure in the form of charging stations. China is driving this forward with power. Probably with this background, the decision of NEVS to put on the Chinese map, the only correct. Sweden, on the other hand, is lagging behind in electromobility in countries like Norway and Denmark and has a lot of investment needs. And Germany? It seems to be very slow with us, but we are not the key market for NEVS.
Picture: Beijing National Battery Technology