There is a message from Trollhättan that may be too important to ignore. Because it could influence the future of the location. Sveriges Radio reported Monday on a possible entry of Didi, the Chinese version of Uber, at NEVS.
25 million vehicles drive for over rival Didi
Didi is used by 20 millions of people daily in China. The Uber comparable platform is growing very dynamically and has ambitious plans. In the presence of Minister of State Stefan Löfven, both parties signed a letter of intent on Monday in Beijing. It is about the entry of Didi as a new major shareholder at NEVS and the purchase of electric vehicles.
By the end of the summer should be binding contracts. It is unclear in what amount Didi will acquire shares and what sums are involved. According to the information policy so far, NEVS is silent about details. Also an official press release on this topic is missing.
Didi's entry would change many things. NEVS could be involved in the product development of the carrier service provider that dominates the Chinese market. According to CEO Bergman, so far only one percent of the 25 million vehicles driving for the Chinese Uber version are electric cars. The company could benefit from the planned further electrification of the fleet.
However, the existing shareholders should remain in the company. Heavyweight Didi should be major, but not a major shareholder. A daring decision, because even now the development of the Chinese startup based in Trollhättan between many stakeholders is wiped out.
New jobs in the old Saab factory
NEVS continues to be dominated by China. Nevertheless, the entry for the location Trollhättan could be beneficial. The Uber rival has long had international ambitions. China is no longer enough, global market leadership is the goal. Sweden could become the springboard to Europe, the hardware will be produced locally in the future. The heavyweight Didi could create jobs on a larger scale at the former Saab location.
Much is still extremely speculative and just an outlook on what could be. Specifically, NEVS creates a few more Jos in the old Saab factory. There is still no series production, but 25 car workers are now to go on board. They are supposed to produce bodies for electric cars, and additional jobs are to be created in the foreseeable future.