Trollhättan has a long tradition in automotive engineering. Cars have been built on the Göta Älv for almost 70 years - with smaller and sometimes longer breaks. In the 80s, the plant paused again and again, sometimes for months, because the demand for the 900 was too low.
The plant then went into sleep mode in 2011 and was restarted for a few months under NEVS in December 2013; since the end of production of the 2014 models there has been silence. This long phase should be over by summer. NEVS is now recruiting employees for production. IF Metall reports the hiring of "some 100 employees", the local newspaper speaks of around 200 people for the plant. However, NEVS will exceed 1000 employees in the summer, the Saab factory will be revived.
The new members of the production groups will first undergo training, then they will produce the bodies for the NEVS EV on 9-3 in the area of the coating line and the press shop. The painted bodies go by sea to China in the final assembly in the new Tianjin plant.
For the production of the NEVS EV - the brand name for China is still unclear - the body from Sweden is only a temporary solution. A press shop and painting plant are also being built in China; the plant in Trollhättan is to supply the European and North American market in the future.
There is an interesting detail on the edge. IF Metall reports on a possible final assembly of the electric car in Trollhättan. Depending on the demand, on a smaller scale, the EV on Saab 9-3 2017 base could also run in Sweden from the tape. The decision and the quantity are determined by the demand on the European markets. At the moment, however, the desire for electric cars in Sweden is not particularly great.
That's really true. 2016 electric vehicles were sold in Sweden in April 309. The year before, it was 367. Demand remains at a low level. The best-selling EV was the Nissan Leaf with 138 specs, followed by the Renault Zoe with 60 units. Shortly behind, in 3 rank, is the Tesla S. An electric car, made by Trollhättan, could arouse enthusiasm and set off an upward trend.