Production from autumn 2020 in Trollhättan

An exciting press release comes from Sweden. From fall 2020 NEVS wants to produce vehicles for the Munich electric car startup Sono Motors. For Trollhättan, that would mean a few hundred new jobs and, in advance, major investments in the old Saab factory.

Sion prototype in the old Saab factory
Sion prototype in the old Saab factory. Image: Sono Motors

In eight years, 260.000 vehicles are to be manufactured, which reports Sveriges Radio in relation to NEVS press chief Fryklund. For the first product of Sono Motors, the Sion, so far about 9.800 orders are available. 43.000 2-shift vehicles could be produced each year, with demand being high, writes Sono Motors.

The Munich startup refers to his website already on the Swedish production, on Saab and the historical background. NEVS has not yet received a press release on the new relationship and the first OEM customer in the history of the company.

The production of the first electric car from NEVS in Sweden is expected for the year 2021. However, there is no confirmation.

22 thoughts on "Production from autumn 2020 in Trollhättan"

  • Wish these developers of Sono much success. And for Trollhattan this is a dream. Hope it has a really good future.

  • My colleague has bought such a part .. Last November, he has a test driven by 2 prototypes and was impressed by the idea of ​​how you can also read on the website. Interesting are also various details that came up in the sales pitch. In any case, I wish the young entrepreneurs good luck and think that, among other things with Continental and Bosch in the back is a real pound. Unfortunately, this year will no longer be delivered.
    He is pleased that a touch Saab is in it and is convinced of the motivated staff. I'm curious how many
    Trollhättaner are later employed in the factory and what happened to the paint shop and the press shop ..

  • The entry-level drug (@ Griffin)

    Do not think that (sharing) will be the answer. BMW and Mercedes adorn themselves with the topic, but operate it as an additional business and thus reach above all the users who do not buy a car anyway or otherwise take a classic rental car in a foreign, fled or reached by train city or just plain, easy and environmentally friendly to use public transport ...

    It was clear from the beginning that you would need as many cars in car sharing for vacations, weekend shopping and commuting as there are privately owned, because they are often all used more or less simultaneously.

    Car sharing in recent years has long since been expansive. It was never about cutting production, reducing sales or conserving resources. On the contrary, it was about every person (including the young and eco-conscious hipster from the parked city center) driving a car anytime, anywhere ...

    And they do, the hipsters. With the feeling of ecological superiority, because they do not even have a car, they just drive. Ingenious marketing for even more cars. A solution to problems is certainly not ...

  • Probably true. Replacing 40 millions of burners in this country with 40 millions of e-cars can not be the solution. And a Sono is definitely more useful than an 2,5-ton e-Tron, which then normally transports 75 kg of human. As it is currently synonymous with various X5, Q7 and Co. the case is. Then the answer can actually only be shared when giving up the ownership of a car.

  • Would be a pleasure - as always and everything that the blog deals with 😉

  • If the "traffic turnaround" - or whatever the keyword is - should be successful, a complete rethinking is needed. I'm closer to a Sion than to an Audi e-tron. Too big, too many resources sacrificed.

    Maybe I'll be more specific about Sono Motors. After Easter. Let's see.

  • Of course Trollhättan is not central. But far to the north. But perfectly connected to the seaports and the infrastructure on site is excellent.

    What makes me happy: Sono Motors has recognized the advantage of the location. Producing 100% with green energy is possible, and makes the work quite unique. In former times this was not mentioned enough.

  • Implemented solar cells are exciting because even the most determined and uncritical advocates of a simple and monocausal knitted energy transition come so slowly that it leads us to an area problem ...

    Roofs can not be greened, fields not reused, not renatured, not reforested if the land is used solar. Solar energy is therefore in competition with natural storage for carbon, biodiversity, water balance, natural shading (cooling) of surfaces and necessary buffers for precipitation and the increasingly extreme weather events (heavy rain) ...

    If you think further about Sono's approach, a Sion parked next to the house could also store energy during the day and transfer it to your home at night (for outdoor lighting, automatic blinds or whatever) while you are in Sweden with your SAAB.

    And when you come home from vacation, you are satisfied that your own home has purchased 0 kWh of electricity from the grid and a fully charged second car is just around the corner.

    For me it is clear that an EV can not be the electrified version of well-known burners, may not be. The cars may look different and have to be different. Otherwise, they are just window dressing and embody only the relocation, but not the solution of problems ...

  • Only on the edge (to "advertising text") ...

    The fact that the text does not always seem 100% consistent in terms of content is partly disproved by the graphic to the left ... 😉 😉 😉

    "Ideal location ... Thanks to its location in the heart of Europe, Sweden is the ideal location for this. ... "

    Hihi - almost all lines point to the south… .correctly central would be different, right? 😉

  • I look similar! 🙂
    (and SolarPanel is just a try ... let's see how it "in everyday life" then beats and what happens if you have an accident with the or dents on the car).

    But I always find it astonishing in general what kind of “gold-digging mood” is currently prevailing in the auto industry and what is emerging everywhere for new “car” companies / groups (especially in China, of course).

    For Sono I would at least be happy, if it sometimes survives a deustsches "StartUp" long term.
    Just take a look …. 🙂

  • "Copywriting" is a good keyword.

    A small downer that claims to Sono Sion and its color under FAQs, the exclusive black is the result of a survey and customer requests ...

    It is obvious that one does not paint or even foil solar cells. That should have been open, honest and positive and can also be problem-free (see comments above).

    But at least Sono is behind the Sion. Unfortunately, that was not the case with the A2 and the former management. He is still avenging himself to have advanced to probably the most stable value Ingolstadt of the last decades - although he was advertised only stepmotherly ...

  • In any case, the Sion is not mainstream and, in my opinion, an innovative approach. Whether the concept of solar panels on an EV prevails is a completely different question. As @Bergsaab already wrote: It suits Trollhättan.

  • Well, I'm curious.

    I don't think the Sono is super chic. But it doesn't look very bad (like many others). “Small car” stop. 🙂
    But yes, it's nice that something alternative is happening in Germany too. 🙂
    And as it is shown on their website in the "copywriting", it seems so sometimes different or innovative (he) to be.

    @@ Herbert Hürsch
    Somehow I still think the Audi A2 is pretty good today. 🙂

    The 9-5 NG as a stepped cock (or new 900's or how one could have called such future Saabs) doesn't seem to be dead yet ... well, at least the rough idea / shape / etc ... 😉

    Infinity has the optically somehow "similar" approached with the QS ... right?

  • For Trollhättan enjoyable, for us Saabfahrer there would be at least for everyday life a Made in Trollhättan car and the Saabs stay for enjoyment and fun rides

  • ... fits Trollhättan, a different concept with the solar panel, ... well the e-cars are not all pretty, actually almost all cars are not nice ... since there are no more SAABs.

  • Can I understand well.

    I do not want to say that my gas-filled heart beats faster or that my chrome-spoiled and now not very young eyes would be overjoyed.

    Nevertheless, I still read the article without glasses and my fully functional brain told me that I had an innovative and ausgegorenes vehicle in mind. And my gray cells have never signaled this to me in the face of an electric vehicle. Therefore, I am a little surprised that my reception this time is so positive ...

    Maybe it's just that this vehicle can also function as a PowerPack and mobile power supply? I do not know yet, but my interest is always (and for the first time) aroused. Also beyond the location and an abstract solidarity ...

    In terms of color, I was still thinking, color follows function ...
    And at least on this point I have already reached an irrefutable opinion.
    Be it form or color, as a designer, I can not only accept it, but applaud even if both follows the function ...

  • It's good that the tastes are different. I find the thing ugly as an ulcer and yet sincerely hope that I will be spared my life with such a cucumber… .. 😉
    But for Trollhättan I am still happy if it brings jobs!

  • One will see if and how NEVZ comes to a million per anno plus or including contract manufacturing, whether the respective no. 1 of NEVZ or Sono as promised and on time from the tape run. Everything is planned for quite soon. Exciting times ...

    Also technically and visually interesting. Just shot me through the head, how well integrated solar cells with different car colors?

    And lo and behold, the FAQs say that the Sion will only be black. One feels reminded of historical moments and models, of past departure moods of the automobile, on a Ford T and after the war on a PV 444 or also the first and not exactly broad color palette, from which Ove's father was allowed to choose his first SAAB. And I find that somehow quite charming ...

  • The number of units equals approximately one third of the possible capacity of 150 - 160.000 units per year. Possible is a much higher number of pieces, with appropriate conversion of the production. Electric cars are less complex to manufacture than burners.


    But now. Thanks Tom!

    Exciting concept. Many innovations. Charge via Schuko possible and also self-charging by solar (at least for a few miles). Mobile PowerStation for everything. Not at home on long journeys, but an ingenious car as a second car or even a first for all who solve different transport tasks and long-hauls differently.

    That sounds like an A2 2.0. The modern version of a small but refined car that was venerated by many but hated by the Ingolstadt board and sawed off before his time.

    A startup shows the established how to do it. Again. Exciting. Nice for the trolls too, if that works out and they are allowed to breathe the magic and the predicate Made in Sweden, find new work.

    The message also triggers question marks. How can the contract manufacturing in the 2 shift operation be reconciled with the lofty plans of NEVZ and the announced quantities, which were recently circulated here? Those were already mathematically doubtful before this message, if I understood that correctly?

    Keep your fingers crossed for Sono and the Trolls, that they will not all be in hot Chinese air, not get under the wheels of cocky speculators ...

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