A week ago, NEVS published the photos of two studies on an Instagram 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 there was a stubborn silence on this in Sweden.
The publication probably did not happen by accident. Because it was less about information than about spreading a positive spirit of optimism with the Evergrande entry. The pictures were shown on blogs and in forums, but not here. Because I was only interested in the story behind it. Not everyone in Trollhättan seems to have liked the abstinence on the SaabBlog.
In the days that followed, attempts were made to regularly link to the photos with Swedish IP and appropriate comments about a (possible) Saab comeback to communicate.
Are these Saab studies?
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 being able to sell electric cars to the Chinese mobility provider DiDi, Trollhättan worked on this project for about 2018 months from January 3. But then DiDi gave it to CHJ Automotive 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 clay models that only show the exterior design without technology and interior. An eventual production could be realized in 12 to 24 months or less. The development times for electric cars are becoming shorter and shorter. Does the design proposal remind anyone of Saab? One or the other reader could possibly see Saab echoes, I don't 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 any current work, but come from a completed project. Their possible production is therefore doubtful. But a lot in Trollhättan should be put to the test with the takeover by Evergrande. The coming months will show what the new main shareholder will do with the company in the future.
Evergrande buys battery factory
On the 31. January is the last installment due for the acquisition and Evergrande continues to chart a coherent course. After joining one of the largest car dealers in China and founding a company for charging technology, the circle closes.
Evergrande is doing what is essential if you want to have long-term success with electric cars. The company took over a few days ago 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.
With the previous partner of NEVS, CATL, this will not be met with enthusiasm. It is possible that the start of production of the 9-3 EV will be further delayed due to the imminent change of supplier.