Evergrande Neoenergy has acquired the chassis architecture 3.0 from Benteler International and the FEV Group. The Purchase German technology announced the subsidiary of the Evergrande Group yesterday. This gives the company access to the most advanced architecture for battery electric vehicles.
The chassis architecture 3.0 for electric cars is based on the Electric Drive System 2.0 from Benteler Automotive and is highly modular. For both NEVS and Evergrande, the acquisition of architectural rights has far-reaching consequences. This dramatically reduces the time it takes to completely redevelop estimated 5 years by more than 3 years. And the principle of the complete chassis architecture with drive and chassis allows covering a wide range of vehicle segments in a very short time.
Chassis Architecture 3.0 saves time
With the current investment, the Evergrande Group is reducing its backlog to established providers. For this purpose one accesses technology from established addresses. Both Benteler and FEV are regarded as leaders in the automotive industry and are also active for German premium manufacturers. The FEV Group 1978 was founded in Aachen and is a specialist in drive systems, alternative technologies, networked driving and lightweight construction. Benteler has been around for 140 years, maintains 83 research and development sites in 39 countries, and is a recognized developer of chassis architecture.
NEVS - Evergrande continues the previous shopping tour with this chess move. The company would like to become the world's largest provider of electromobility in the next 5 years. With the acquisition of the most modern platform technology, the claim is confirmed once again. Nothing was announced about the purchase price.
The catching up begins
German technology for vehicles from Sweden is in principle nothing new. Saab used to have good connections to Germany for many years. Especially in the classics is high-quality technology German engineers. For Trollhättan in the present, the current development will have some impact. The platforms developed by NEVS in recent years, some of which are still based on Saab technology, are now likely to have only a sentimental value.
With the 3.0 chassis architecture, developers at Stallbacka now have access to what is probably the most advanced modular kit available on the market. The desired development of 8 completely new models in a short time can become more dynamic. First results may already be presented to 2020, but at the latest in the year 2021. It is good news for the former Saab factory and the jobs in Trollhättan. It is scheduled to re-produce next year, after a break of almost 10 years.
There are still several blurs. The Evergrande Group is deeply in debt. By European standards at a worrying level. Will she hold the investment marathon in the next few years? It is also unclear under which label the electric cars should be sold in the future. NEVS or another brand? Is Evergrande buying any illicit trademark or are you venturing something completely new?
A few days ago Evergrande presented a new electric car brand in China. H 驰 Heng Chi is spoken and was for the first time on the Evergrande jerseys seen during the quarter-final game of the AFC Champions League on August 28th. Translated, 恒 驰 stands for “everlasting” and “blooming worldwide”. It doesn't seem more modest, and here at the latest the owners of the former Saab factory differ enormously from the well-maintained understatement of the Saab brand.