It was a short press release last Friday. NEVS seals the entry New Long Ma and becomes the manufacturer of electric vans and microvans. The knot seems to have burst, NEVS and Trollhättan are paving the way for an electric future.
Next year, NEVS will have 3 works on 2 continents. In addition to the vehicles of New Long Ma then roll the electric sedans on Saab 9-3 base of the bands in Tianjin.
Exciting? Exciting? Impressive? Yes! Definitely a remarkable development. For just over a year ago, the future seemed very questionable. The development is positive for the workers at the old Saab plant and a reason to keep NEVS on the radar. Maybe some electric cars from Tianjin will be coming to Europe next year, and maybe in the not too distant future innovative products in Scandinavian design will be coming off Trollhättan's tapes.
The fact that NEVS is becoming more attractive is shown by the following people. Fredrik Ahlström becomes the new Vice President of Global Purchasing at NEVS. His stations in recent years have been GM, Pininfarina, Saab, Volvo, NEVS, CEVT. CEVT develops in Gothenburg for Volvo and Geely, with Mats Fägerhag another Saab veteran leads the approximately 2.000 developers. Ahlström organized the purchasing in China and Europe for CEVT. For NEVS, his wealth of experience in building the global organization will be invaluable.
Another look around the globe. In Sweden new products are being developed, in other countries also being constructed on a Saab basis. Electric or with range extender.
Electrifying Saab heritage in China ...
Beyond NEVS, BAIC builds the Senova D70 sedan based on Saab with proven turbo engines. Not without success, Senova was repeatedly a topic on the blog. A second offshoot is a little more nebulous. The Senova D80 is a D70 with an extended wheelbase. It has been presented at shows since 2014, the market launch took place in April 2015. The D80 is still not available at Senova dealers, reports Car News China. Only a few copies are said to have entered the vehicle fleet of the authorities ex works.
A derivative of the long version based on Saab 9-5 is the Senova EH400 shown at the Beijing auto show. The electric car based on the D90 drives 400 kilometers purely electrically, the top speed is limited to 140 km / h. The pictures from China are quite appealing, but whether the EH400 will ever roll into the showroom is not certain.
BAIC relies on electric cars in China and is in this segment with a market share of 13% behind market leader BYD a direct competitor to NEVS in the future. In China, Saab heritage continues to spread, BAIC subbrands such as the Borgward BX7 also use Saab Turbo engines. Meanwhile, the 2014er 9-3 mutates into the base of a national car for Turkey.
Electrifying Saab heritage in Turkey ...
Last year, Tübitak acquired licenses for 1.0 million euros from NEVS on the Phoenix 40 platform. Development and consulting work secure 100 engineering jobs in Trollhättan in the long term.
The Hürrieyt reported a few days ago on the progress of the project. Similar to the options of the BMW i3, Tübitak relies on a range extender under the hood. A possibility when the infrastructure at charging stations is incomplete and you want to take away the potential buyer's "range fear". The design is being redesigned, a lot of national technology is supposed to advance the project. Turkey wants to compete with Google and Tesla and claims to deliver the better and safer product.
That sounds very ambitious, I would say. The platform, running under the name Phoenix 1.00 at NEVS, has certain limitations. It is not for nothing that the new vehicles from Trollhättan are to be built on a new, flexible basis, which will be launched as 3.xx.
We will see the result of the project in Turkey in 2018. How much Swedish engineering will be in it is difficult to estimate. But the Tübitak project also secures jobs and is an additional pillar for Trollhättan.