One week ago, NEVS published photos of two studies on an Instagrama account. They went around the world and attracted attention. A successful move, but unfortunately it remained unclear what was to be seen in the pictures. Because that was silent in Sweden.
Probably not coincidentally, because it was not so much about information as about spreading a positive spirit of optimism with Evergrande's entry. The pictures were shown on blogs and in forums, but not here. Because I was only interested in the story behind it. The abstinence on saabblog.net does not seem to have pleased everyone. In the following days they tried to link with Swedish IP regularly with the photos and to communicate appropriate comments on a Saab comeback.
What do the two studies from NEVS show? You can save yourself in the stablebacka, the years have taught. Together with a friend, I ventured on the interpretation and found a coherent answer. The chronology of the drawing, and the characteristics of the sedan, refer to that D1 project, With the intention of selling DiDi electric cars to the Chinese mobility service provider, Trollhättan has been working on 2018 for about 3 months since January. Then DiDi gave CHJ Automotive the surcharge, the project has ended.
Saab Design in the NEVS studies?
The saloon, with extended wheelbase, meets the requirements of the Chinese Administration for use in passenger transport. Based on the familiar platform of the 9-3 electric car, it is an evolution of existing components. Even the SUV with the code L113 speaks for this theory and is based on the known platform.
Both photos show sound models that only depict the exterior design without technology and interior. A possible manufacturing would be in 12 to 24 months, or less, to realize. The development times for electric cars are decreasing rapidly. Does the design suggestion remind anyone of Saab? Some readers might see Saab echoes, I can not find them.
The sedan carries the current Asian car fashion. Toyota also plays in new models with features such as the roof pulled over the C-pillar. The NEVS designers are thus in good company. At least the sedan shows the most interesting and progressive design proposal from the NEVS studios so far.
In the summary, the two clay models do not show actual work, but come from a finished project. Their possible production is therefore doubtful, but much in Trollhättan should be with the takeover by Evergrande on the test stand. What the new major shareholder will do in the future will be shown in the coming months.
Evergrande buys battery factory
On the 31. January is the last installment due for takeover, and Evergrande continues to propose a coherent course. After joining one of the largest car dealers in China, and the founding of a company for charging technology, the circle closes. Evergrande does what is indispensable if you want to succeed in the long term with electric cars. The company took over the majority the shares in the Shanghai CENAT New Energy Ltd. The company has four sites for the production of lithium-ion batteries. In 2018, CENAT was the number 10 in China in terms of installed battery capacity.
This is not likely to be enthusiastic about the previous partner of NEVS, CATL. It is possible that the start of production of the 9-3 EV will be further delayed by the impending change of supplier.