It has become quiet around NEVS. Since press spokeswoman Ulrika Hultgren left the company, the flood of information has dried up. A possible successor is not yet determined, the media presence is also very limited in the Swedish press.
After there had been quiet for weeks on NEVS's own channels, a few days ago there were pictures of a 9-3 EV test vehicle on a winter drive. The background information on this is sparse and we have only a few facts.
The vehicle, registration number WOM 248, was produced as Saab 9-3 with automatic transmission of model year 2014. It carries the VIN VTNFM4VV8G9900003 and was approved in the summer 2016 as an electric car for testing.
NEVS electric car on E-Golf level?
An electric motor is used as the drive, providing up to 100 kW. The prototype is thus on par with an E-Golf, which can also call up up to 100 kW of power. The comparison is not without interest, because NEVS recently spoke of a range of 300 kilometers that the Golf has in series since its last update to the NEDC driving cycle. Volkswagen grants 200 kilometers as a realistic radius of action under everyday conditions, first test drives confirm that.
The empty weight of the Golf is 1.600 kilograms, the NEVS 9-3 weighs 1.825 kg. That is almost 4 quintals more than a well-equipped Saab 9-3 Aero sedan with V6 and XWD weighs. All that is known about the batteries is that they are from the Chinese manufacturer CATL who also supplies BMW and the PSA Group.
Everything is completely new under the sheet metal at NEVS. The underbody has been profoundly changed and has nothing to do with Saab and the 9-3 as we know it. One of the mysterious decision-making processes at NEVS is that the expensive design of the Saab 9-3 sedan is unlikely to be touched upon.
NEVS 9-3 EV. Production from 2018 in China.
The electric car, the NEVS, is being manufactured for the first time in December. 2013 is ready for production reported, from the year 2018 in Tianjin. The license for the plant was purchased with significant concessions to the Trollhättan site. The production and painting of the bodies will not take place in Sweden, but in China. Even a planned small series of electric cars in the old Saab plant in the stable backa seems off the table.
The production tools of the 9-3 will probably also go to China if NEVS does not rebuild them for the Tianjin plant. Thus, the company is right all skeptics who have critically accompanied the development of recent years.
There is still no production in sight for the traditional Saab plant. NEVS plans to present completely new models to 2020, which will then be built in China and Sweden. However, after almost 10 years of standstill, the old Saab factory could start again, according to the current status in Trollhättan only the biggest optimists believe.