Only a few weeks after the announcement of the major order for 150,000 Saab 9 3 based EV's by Panda New Energy, NEVS now confirms to receive another significant order. Chinese company Huateng wants to receive 20,000 electric vehicles (EVs) from NEVS. This news marks the future business plan launched in November.
In an interview with Swedish Radio, NEVS founder and chairman Kai Johan Jiang confirmed the deal with Huateng (also known as Volinco outside China), a company specializing in aerospace technology.
The order for 20,000 Saab 9-3 is based at SEK 8,5B (approx EUR 850M) and is aimed at Huateng's Leasing division. Jiang also shared that NEVS wants to collaborate with Huateng on the development of specific lightweight parts.
New factory on track
The news came straight from the new factory Building site in Tianjin, where a delegation of the NEVS board of directors was visiting. NEVS President Mattias Bergman stated that the process of progressing according to plan and that the production facility (wants a planned annual capacity of 200,000 cars) should be ready in May 2017.
No specifics about the characteristics of the cars or the delivery timelines were shared at this point, but NEVS Communications Director Mikael Östlund confirmed to Saabblog.net that the cars will be based on the so-called “Phoenix 1.1” platform (aka NEVS 'own EV-platform that was developed based on the MY14 Saab 9-3).
Today's announcement adds significantly to NEVS 'momentum on the Chinese EV market. A recent article by Norihiko Shirouzu called "A rebranded Saab at the center of China's green car push”Provides some good additional perspectives.
Some news about another important ingredient -the brand name- was also confirmed recently. In on interview Kai Johan Jiang shared that NEVS had hired international marketing agency. At the same time, it has not been closed yet.