Trollhättan has a long tradition in the automotive industry. For almost 70 years, cars have been built at the Göta Älv - with smaller and sometimes longer interruptions. In the 80 years, the work paused again and again, sometimes for months, because the demand for the 900 was too low.
2011 then drove the plant to sleep, re-starting 2013 under NEVS for a few months in December; There has been silence since the end of production of the 2014 models. This long phase should be over from the summer. NEVS is now recruiting employees for production. The IF Metal announces the hiring of "some 100 employees," the local newspaper speaks of about 200 people for the plant. Anyway, NEVS will exceed the number of 1000 employees this summer, bringing the Saab factory back to life.
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. China also produces press shop and paint shop; 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.