The vision of a future for our brand is present in the minds, and not only among the readers on saabblog.net. How to see the Saab future depends on the point of view. There have been interesting contributions to this topic in the last few days.
On SU, the backwards-facing variant is preferred. Saab AB would like to reintegrate the former automobile division, Saab should also be Swedish in the future. Turning back the wheel of history, a national reverie, far from reality ... Sweden's small population with its manageable car market had problems with feeding its manufacturers decades ago. Financing problems, production downtime, these were all topics of the Saab Scania era, even back then. The clock has meanwhile continued to turn, the world has grown together. Scania, a manufacturer with recognized high quality products, is now part of the VW Group. Also for the reasons mentioned above.
Much more interesting, not an automotive revanchism, but focused on the future was an article on the TTELA. Robin Sukhia from the Swedish-Indian Business Council talks about Mahindra and praises the company and its owners to the highest standards. Responsibly led, committed to sustainability, with interesting products. And in India, the NEVS Mahindra Saab story is quite a big topic. Positive for NEVS, for Trollhättan, for Sweden.
There is a relatively new and innovative product at Mahindra that we should definitely look at. The Mahindra Reva transports the future into mobility, is a solution for metropolitan regions. If we forget Tesla for a moment with elite products at a competitive price, let's talk Reva! The EV from India has intelligent ideas on board that could come from Saab. Instead of a battery sports car, Mahindra builds a smart city car ...
120 kilometers of range are more than enough if you want to be in the bustle of the big city. Or? The Mahindra Reva is short 3.2 meter, has a small turning circle, is only 820 kilograms light and 81 Km / h fast. For the premium version with lithium-ion batteries, cheap 8.000,00 €, promises Mahindra 120 kilometers or more than action radius. That fits !
If you want to discover a renouncement car behind the low price, you will be disappointed. Automatic transmission, reversing camera, keyless start-stop, recuperation, everything! Mahindra has given some thought and put a smart product on the four wheels. With an app, the Reva cools the interior, yes the Tesla can do that too, and the Mahindra EV can be closed and opened via app from any location.
Another clever idea takes the stress of stranding somewhere with the reva and empty tank, um battery. A reserve function is activated via the app, the Reva has an additional 7 mileage range and is routed via smartphone to the next charging station.
Mahindra stands for sustainability, the owners are said to have green thinking and responsibility for the future. At the Reva, the Indians provide proof. The futuristic Mahindra factory is the first and so far only production facility that has been certified by the Indian Green Building Council. Half of the energy used in production comes from green sources, and every vehicle that leaves the factory is charged with solar energy.
The clever Mahindra Reva is charged with solar power at Sun2Car charging stations with green energy within 10 hours. Or, while enjoying a coffee or tea, it can be brought to 2 percent within an hour on a Quick100Charge column. The third option is charging at the usual socket for 5 hours.
Saab is the company that made the turbo suitable for everyday use. Saab is turbo avant-garde. When the brand comes back under Indian owners, the brand essence, the actual capital, will be cultivated. And add another chapter to the Saab story. Which could be green, innovative, electric.
National, retrospective reveries, or an international future? The question should not actually be asked in cosmopolitan Sweden. Mahindra has the opportunity to combine the best of two cultures. Swedish design, Indian software. And a green factory at Göta Älv. Hydropower, a gift of nature, Sweden has to offer in abundance.