Back from the short summer vacation! A mix of technology and sentimentality. It's about broken dreams, in Sweden and elsewhere in the world. And there is a reason why Saab 9-5 NG drivers should concern themselves with the tech issue. And have to invest in hard drives.
Hard drives for Saab drivers!
The Saab 9-5 NG's Denso Entertainment System uses small 40 GB hard drives from Hitachi. On it is, among other things, the navigation software. Hard disks, so much must know the absolute layman, have no eternal life. At some point they become the subject, go defective, and the beautiful entertainment system becomes useless. Clever, who puts aside a hard disk. Just in case. At Henrik Bloom there are Hitachi hard drives for the Saab-Denso system for a small price. On it is, as a delicacy, the 2013er navigation software.
Around € 100,00 are cheap because they are special plates for the automotive sector. Conventional hard drives, from the computer dealer around the corner or from the network, do not work in the Denso. Henrik Bloom also offers a repair service for the lightbar of the 9-5 NG and improvements that reduce the failure rate.
Bursting Dreams (Story 1)
It was clear that BMW was looking for a new plant within Europe. The German plants are working to the limit, the Empire is sailing towards an uncertain future. Donald Trump damages the US sites with his trade war with the Chinese. Suddenly, good old core Europe is a safe haven again and the first choice.
My hope, over the last few months, was Trollhattan. Granted, it was a very small, very personal hope. The Chinese release the old Saab factory, BMW takes over. Build finally cars at Göta Älv. And maybe Saabs too.
Trollhättan has tangible benefits. A green production with hydropower, trained local staff, good infrastructure. And not far to the seaports. BMW builds in Europe, but not in Sweden. Hungary instead of Göta Älv, a small work for 150.000 units. Very flexible, as it was the old Saab factory, suitable for electric cars, hybrids and burners. A dream is over. And that could be the last chance for the old Saab factory off the table.
Because it does not look good there.
Bursting Dreams (Story 2)
There was that billion deal from NEVS partner GSR Capital with the Nissan battery production. Nissan stopped the business because after 12 months the purchase price was not paid. GSR Capital, which plans to build 3 plant in China for NEVS, has seemingly empty accounts and was unable to raise the allegedly agreed 1 billion dollars.
In the meantime, Nissan has chosen the Chinese Envision Group as a buyer for the AESC battery division. GSR Capital is out. What will become of NEVS plant number 3, one can wait with excitement.
For the Chinese in the stablebacka this seems to have immediate consequences. Chao Ma of Panda New Energy builds its influence and moved to the 30. July in the board in the Stallbacka. Panda had ordered 2015 150.000 electric cars in Sweden in the year, but so far received no goods. According to Servigesradio Chao Ma assists with financing questions. NEVS is still facing liquidity problems and struggling to service its liabilities.