Maybe we have to get used to the fact that Saab history is no longer written only in Sweden, but also in China. The first Saab assembly plant in Asia is currently being built in the Qingdao Economic Development Zone.
The company is a joint venture of the metropolis Quingdao with Saab producer NEVS. Qingdao Phoenix New Energy Vehicle Co., Ltd. was founded in August 2013; the share capital is the equivalent of just under 25 million €. In April, stage 1 of the new factory will be completed and assembly of the first electric Saab will begin. The bodywork comes from the factory in Trollhättan, the batteries from the Beijing National Battery Technology Co. Ltd., another company from the group of NEVS founder Kai Johan Jiang.
The new plant is located in Huangdao, a district with a population of more than 1.3 million, which is part of Quingdao as an administrative area. More than 300.000 people work in the economic zone itself. At the moment the recruitment phase is running, Qingdao Phoenix New Energy Vehicle Co. Ltd is looking for a "larger number" of employees for assembly via the agency zaopin.com.
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Phase 2 of the expansion is to be completed in the year 2015, in total provides the 120 million euro comprehensive investment plan 4 expansion stages. Finally, the plant in Quindao is to receive not only a production but also a research and development department as well as a distribution center.
The first all-electric Saab is presented on the zaopin.com website as a product from “excellent handling, shape and vehicle safety“Described. The range should be more than 220 kilometers. Which is a bit of an understatement, because meanwhile values come from official sources that promise a few kilometers more. In the future, writes zaopin.com, the Qingdao Phoenix New Energy Vehicle Co. Ltd. expand the product range with further high-performance products and thus shape the future of China's "New Energy" automotive industry.
No matter what you think about the electric car, whether you see the future in it or not, NEVS puts a lot of pressure on it. In April we will see two more milestones in the development of Saab. The first plant in Asia and the first electric car. Kai Johan Jiang writes a whole new chapter in the history of the traditional brand from Västragötland.