The flags of Turkey and Sweden are waving in the wind in front of the main portal. If you hoist national flags at NEVS, then important visitors are expected. Yesterday, Fikri Işık, Turkish Minister for Science, Innovation and Development visited the plant.
The delegation was informed about the progress of the national car project, currently the most important and most ambitious investment for the development of environmentally friendly mobility in Turkey. NEVS is playing a leading role in this project; the upcoming vehicle is based on the floor pan of the 2014 Saab 9-3 and has been modified accordingly for electric mobility.
A detailed presentation of the project was posted on the blog last autumn. During yesterday's visit to Trollhättan, it was very pleasing to discover that the development of the electric car for the Turkish customer is on schedule. NEVS provides engineering services as agreed; the new Saab-based EV is on the way.
The future development in Saabvägen is sustainable on several legs. The business in China, with production in two plants. The development work for Tübitak and Dongfeng. And in a little more future, the production in Trollhättan, from where Europe, North America and other parts of the world outside of Asia are to be supplied with new products.
More by chance, another name came into the conversation yesterday. He will not be unknown to Saab drivers. Frank M. Rinderknecht, founder of the Rinspeed AG, has always made a name for itself in the past with daring concepts. He created studies and special series for Saab, some of which enjoy cult status today. I still remember the golden 9-5 BioPower study, the pictures of which can be seen here.
Rinderknecht was again seen in Trollhättan, which has a simple explanation. He does not work for NEVS, he is involved in the national car project via Tübitak. What will roll over the streets of Turkey in the future, has the Swedish Saab Gene, but receives a new design and a brand name not yet known. If Rinderknecht is on board, then the result can be very exciting.