Back to Trollhättan. Our walk across the area leads us from the delivery area with its many Volvos in the direction of the former experimental workshop. At the place of longing, where we always hung with tension on the fence and where there was almost every time a little sensation to discover.
Parked on the area even today, or finally, interesting vehicles. So there is still development and testing activity on site, which is generally good news. Two sedans in camouflage camouflage attract attention, but are not worth it. Although the two vehicles are, surprise, really Saabs. But camouflaged model year 2014 turbo petrol engine.
More exciting are the two unguarded limousines. These are NEVS 9-3 electric cars, which probably correspond to the model year 2019. The first ones we see in Europe. The tail is, except for small changes, still strongly based on the Saab sedan. A more dominant chrome strip with the NEVS logo, a few small retouches, the unchanged 9-3 logo on the bottom left. Changed the door handles, now with chrome inserts, the exterior mirrors have a new design and an additional LED indicator. The bonnet is higher, as it was already seen on press pictures.
To the right of the two sedans another NEVS 9-3 electric car is parked. The frontend seems identical to the Saab Griffin design of model year 2011 1 / 2, except for the grille inserts and LED daytime running lights. Anyone who wonders where the NEVS electric cars hide their charging options, today discovers the answer. Where once the proud Saab lettering was, hides in the style of a Nissan Leaf the flap for the current consumption.
What do we know about the NEVS 9-3 EV? In principle, virtually nothing. The photographed vehicles are from the year 2018. They are powerful 130 KW and, unusually for an electric vehicle, have a conventional automatic transmission. In Sweden they are registered as pre-production vehicles for testing, the highest known VIN number is the 00026. Probably they belong to the small series, which by hand in the Frickeboa were mounted.
From autumn / winter 2018, the NEVS 9-3 EV will be built in series in this form in Tianjin. But that is not certain, financing issues should still be unclear. Export to Europe is unlikely, as is production in Sweden. The work was largely dismantled, it is only an empty shell.