It's year 5 of the blog calendar! As a result of the past, the blogger is showing signs of fatigue. In the Anglo-Saxon language area there is a term that describes the last few years. "Uphill Battle", a tough fight that can be hopeless.
The list of battles fought for Saab is long. To stay with the military parlance: there was a time when the fight for and for Saab was a mission. These days are glorious past; The mission has become an uphill battle.
This threatens to go into another round. NEVS is very likely to leave reconstruction on Tuesday; the clocks are reset to zero. In Trollhättan, NEVS gets a second chance. Under supervision, with a probation clause. A new start made possible by the law. Anyone who expects a prognosis for the future from me now can calmly go offline and concentrate on more meaningful things. I have no !
The blog team hears a lot from Sweden - from official and unofficial sources. I take note of that. I don't want to write about it.
Too often, NEVS has disappointed and over and over again, the worst fears have come true. The memory of the September 2013 I still have a presence when NEVS celebrated a kind of production start under exclusion of the public. I could now list a list of frustrations, which would be counterproductive. So let's leave it. Only as much as the readers are accustomed to, formulated with restraint: The cooperation with Stallbacka, my assessment of the interaction between NEVS and the blog, is not in the positive range in the result.
The motivation is passé, signs of wear and tear can be felt and read. Don't worry, this won't be a farewell article, even if I feel like it with regard to NEVS. Rather, it should be about the second chance and whether it should be given to NEVS.
Mechanisms like reconstruction are there for that. The legendary second chance ... Not everyone gets it. Muller was denied them. At a time when there was still substance to save the brand. Kai Johan Jiang gets it. Although there is no meat left on the bone at Saab. Will and can NEVS also use them?
A clear, strong, positive signal for a new beginning - that would be necessary. Already to get the trademark rights back. No further as before, but NEVS 2.0. And to be honest, that's the only way the Uphill Battle has a slight chance of taking a winning turn.
May we, the fans and Saab riders, give NEVS the chance? One should think about it well, not give the answer lightly. The fact is, we must continue to live with the company. Whether we like its culture and past or not. Those who had hoped that bankruptcy would clear the way for new things had built on sand. If you do not want to give up the tender hope of a Saab comeback, you have to get involved with the National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB. An alternative is not within reach.
The perspective that NEVS will reinvent itself, that everything will turn in the right direction with a new majority shareholder, is not entirely absurd. NEVS goes on parole from the reconstruction on Tuesday. The facts and the process are clear. 60 days: that's the number that matters. Then NEVS has to settle the first part of the outstanding liabilities.
It's not alone. NEVS has a very limited time window to celebrate a clear new beginning, to rebuild the trust of the partners, to win the hearts of fans. And bring the Saab brand name back to Trollhättan. Where it belongs, where it was born, where the first aircraft with the Saab name took to the skies. Cooperation partners and new shareholders must be presented - in short: every shot has to be right.
Michèl spoke to Mikael Östlund last week. There were signals from the Saabvägen 1 that were positive. Let's hope they are true. Otherwise it will be a very short Uphill Battle.