In Europe, people are debating whether the electric car will be a future or only a temporary solution. In China, the question is finally answered by the party, and electric mobility will play a key role for a greener, smarter China.
The electric car boom
This year, 600.000 EV's are expected to be re-registered in China. The segment is booming, and a large number of new models and brands are entering the market with power. Because the current year is only the prelude to a much bigger thing; The steep ascent could continue in the following years. A new era of gold digging is gathering, every market participant wants to secure a piece of the cake.
To get a feel for the boom, here is a snapshot from the past 7 days:
Shanxi Tongja Auto announces the Kissun brand. Kissun Auto, specializing in "New Energy Vehicles", will sell small electric vans in the future. Market leader BYD dreams of the US market and delivers the first all-electric double-decker bus for London.
Zotye will delight customers from April with the compact and successful E200 EV. Hawtai, Traded as Saab savior for a few days in 2011, will bring the iEV230 sedan in March and the xEV 260 SUV next month. Zhiche car, Founded in 2014 as an EV manufacturer, shows the study of a purely electric SUV with the name "Hello". BAIC announces an electric supercar developed with Spanish partners for the Beijing Auto Show in April.
A lack of new electric cars is obviously not in China. Starting with the low-priced low-speed electric vehicle, through transport solutions, mid-range sedans with a range of around 300 kilometers to the inevitable electric SUVs, everything is there. New developments and new companies sprout up like flowers in spring. Who in China needs an EV from Sweden?
China does not need NEVS. But wants NEVS.
The latest news in the list of amazing things is the collaboration of NEVS with the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC). It is about the purchase of electric cars, NEVS is the preferred supplier, and cooperates in the development of charging technology and infrastructure. With 1.87 million employees, the SGCC is the world's largest publicly owned company and plays the key role for future electric mobility in China. The size ratio NEVS - SGCC is that of mosquito to elephant. One may ask the question, why a company that sets the rules of the game cooperates with a small mosquito.
The answer comes from the view of the situation of the Swedish vehicle industry. In Södertälje determines VW, Volvo is Chinese, the former Saab plant in Trollhättan also. The Swedish west coast has become the gateway for the Chinese, even though they loudly complain about a lack of cooperation, enthusiasm and appreciation of their commitment. Only the Volvo commercial vehicle group is still Swedish and struggling with ever new austerity programs and layoffs for their future. And apart from Koenigsegg, the future of the country's most important industry will be determined abroad.
That it came to this is a consequence of the politics of the last few years. The situation in Sweden does not make everyone happy. There are reminders, even if the country has done well with investments from China so far. Because the Chinese strategy has changed fundamentally over the years. In the past, ailing European companies were bought, the factories dismantled, the knowledge was taken and production was transplanted to Asia. It has been learned that this was too short-term. Today you come to stay. The Volvo Story shows how it's done. Knowledge is no longer transferred, it is shared. Chinese engineers cooperate with local expertise. China is developing from the world's workbench to a global China AG.
For the labor market on the Swedish west coast, development as a Chinese bridgehead in Europe is encouraging. Qualified employees are in demand, the cooperation with SGCC will further fuel the situation and create additional jobs at NEVS.
The future of Trollhättan is written in Beijing, anything is possible. Since the end of the reconstruction in April 2015, it is step by step towards the future. The list of cooperations entered into is impressive and the financial possibilities stable. Maybe NEVS will start a steep climb from 2017. The existing orders and the new models from 2018 make this seem possible..if the financing continues to work and the partnerships prove to be solid.
Are we interested in the development at NEVS? The theme is reminiscent of learning vocabulary for school education. Dust-dry, emotionless, but it has to be. It is the basis for more. So fight for every sentence, weigh the words. It would be more convenient to ignore the topic. But the Saab lettering is still emblazoned at work. That alone is commitment enough.