Yesterday we were able to present first pictures of the NEVS 9-3 electric car concept. The vehicles themselves are from the 7. June at CES ASIA. It will be NEVS's first trade show appearance.
Some details in the background that we learned from circles close to NEVS are noteworthy. So far we have had to start from the fact that production will only take place in China. In the summer of 2016, the company announced, presumably under pressure to obtain a production license, that it would not include Trollhättan in the production process. It was previously assumed that body parts would be sent from Sweden to China by rail. Final assembly should then take place at the Tianjin plant.
In Trollhättan it was not due to this decision to the announced new hires. The disappointment was great.
Car body construction now in Trollhättan?
Now NEVS is about to reactivate the original plan. In the initial phase of production, the NEVS 9-3 will be pressed in the Swedish plant. That would be good news for Sweden. Because it would mean additional jobs at the former Saab location.
Tianjin has been specified as the installation site for the NEVS 9-3 sedan. The work is not finished yet, however, and it is difficult to say how far NEVS is on schedule. The NEVS 9-3X SUV, or more correctly the off-road station wagon, on the other hand, could roll off the production line in Longyan. The New Long Ma plant belongs to the NEVS Group and produces, among other things, all-electric vans.
In theory, under these conditions, it would also be possible to produce electric cars in Trollhättan. If already body parts are made in Sweden, talk little against it. There are no signs yet. Because NEVS would have to increase the staffing for this.
How realistic the plans are is difficult to classify. The fact that the vehicles shown are concept cars and do not present the series leaves slight doubts as to whether NEVS can keep to its schedule. NEVS is looking for further partners in order to obtain the necessary funds for the start of production and for new tools. This involves at least three-digit million amounts. Not in Yuan / RMB, but in Euros. In addition, the Phoenix E platform must be further developed and brought to maturity. At least if you want to bring a completely new product onto the market in 2020. A preview of this is to be seen in Shanghai.
A not easy situation. Because for NEVS it should have top priority to start production. Only when electric cars with the NEVS logo in China and Europe come in large numbers on the road, the startup is credible. And only when the production is running, also an attractive partner for other partners.
Many questions, no answers.
And there are more questions. What is actually behind the mobility services, the headline of yesterday press release were? In any case, NEVS did not supply any facts. In addition, there would be the partnership with the electric car Startup Iconiq, This has neither its own work, nor a finished product or its own platform for it. Probably not the means to realize your own plans. Instead, Iconiq relies on NEVS and the Phoenix E platform, which will bring the brand to flying from 2020.
Finally, one should still think about the framework agreements that exist NEVS. They came from Volcino, Panda New Energy and State Grid. It depends on the production of the NEVS 9-3 electric cars and thus the fate of the company. The production should have been running for a long time. How do the partners see this situation?