NEVS reboot in Trollhättan?

Yesterday was exciting. Published in the morning Sveriges Radio plans for another NEVS factory in Shanghai. A message that sounds strange given the fact that another factory in Tianjin is still not finished and that the old Saab plant is being dismantled. Three plants, two continents, no production.

NEVS. Business in crisis.

But there was the press conference scheduled for 13.00 with Minister of State Löfven. And that, surprisingly, brought good news. The NEVS AB was able to GSR Ventures commit a new wholesale investor. 500 million US dollars are to be invested, and GSR plans a battery assembly factory in Trollhättan.

The event is positive and could fundamentally change the situation for the former Saab factory. Firstly, the agreement, whose binding nature is not entirely clear, relates to the NEVS AB. So on the Swedish part of NEVS and not on the Chinese joint ventures. Secondly, a battery assembly in Trollhättan could sustainably strengthen the location.

GSR Ventures typically invests in startups at a very early stage. DiDi Chuxing is one of the best-known investments, last year the Chinese bought Nissan's battery production. Since then, they have strived to expand a global presence. A battery production in Turkey, as part of the national car project, is one of them. And now also NEVS and Trollhättan.

The investment of 500 million US dollars will be in the form of convertible bonds that can be exchanged for shares in NEVS AB. The timetable and the amount of funds that could flow immediately remained unclear yesterday. In addition, the question remains whether the Chinese authorities have already approved the money transfer. Should the transactions take place, they could have direct consequences for the ownership structure of NEVS AB. GSR Capital could become major and major shareholder of the company if the bonds were exchanged if the previous owners did not seek a capital increase on their part.

NEVS back in business?

Yesterday in bright sunshine there was a good mood in Trollhättan. Mayor Paul Åkerlund said they were “back in business”. You could agree with him if it weren't for a startup called NEVS.

In recent years, NEVS has filed for bankruptcy at the expense of Swedish taxpayers and suppliers. And besides, it did not reach just about any goal that was announced. Mistrust, based solely on this experience, is appropriate.

The entry of GSR Capital at least avoids the current risk of a second bankruptcy. Is it also the turning point for Trollhättan and also for NEVS? It would be possible for GSR to provide the financial boost and, with an exchange of management, the seriousness that did not exist before.

The construction of the new car factory in Shanghai is scheduled to start in May, Tianjin is scheduled to start production in summer. The Nissan AESC battery factory could be built from 2019 in Trollhättan, they could deliver batteries for 400.000 to 500.000 vehicles a year.

$ 500 million is a lot of money. But only a small, initial start-up financing if you want to build a brand. For comparison: Li Shufu has invested more than 10 billion US dollars in revitalizing Volvo. A Saab rebirth that some have been dreaming of since yesterday is not within reach. But it could well be that a new perspective opened up yesterday. I don't dare to make a prognosis. The next few months will tell what happens.

9 thoughts on "NEVS reboot in Trollhättan?"

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    Hope dies last, but it dies. In any case, I have given up hope of an electric SAAB as a supplement for my long-distance 9-5

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      Electric SAAB?

      Saab automobiles have been insolvent for some time already. Healing a hope (or its task) can then only refer to a NEVS-EV, or not?

      I still don't like it when that is equated ...

  • Who ”believes it. Nevs is totally unbelievable to me. Wait and see what happens!

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      ... I can no longer hear (and read) it only helps: expropriate NEVES out of the seed takes over and determines which inspectors come after examination, this wieshiwaschi corrosive ...

  • Again, a positive message, but hope that this is also a reality. Est see and believe dan, or am I too pessimistic dan?

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    No one can see more at NEVS, do not think a new investor will ever get any vehicles on the road.
    I'm annoyed by this whole company only.

  • I guess you can not have a prognosis there. The question is, what is the course of Nevs actually. A Tesla hunter does not seem to be the Nevs EV.

  • Thank you Tom for your always interesting contributions to the “happening in Trollhättan” and the Sino-Swedish relations …… ..perhaps the marketing strategists will come up with the idea and build appropriate conversion kits to electric drive for the “old” Saabs to expand the electric drive issue to push the “Saab-Main City” a bit ……… even if some of the readers stone me here, although I have now become a real Saab Turbo fan ……… ..a beautiful 9-3 convertible with electric drive slides open When the sun is shining, you can cover the country in a special way ……… and Saab would once again be something of an innovation leader despite the brand's disappearance.

    • The open, electric 9-3 was already a reality. Saab had at least one in the test and was also in Germany on test drive.

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