The life is amazing. 2002 was the second Saab 9-3 generation to be presented to dealers in an air force tunnel near Gothenburg. An interesting career followed. An intermediate model, two comprehensive revisions. Then the end of production 2011, which should not be the end of the story. In December 2013 launched the Saab 9-3 in the model year 2014.
An unfortunately only brief episode, but also it was associated with revision and fine tuning. In the meantime, the old Saab platform was converted to electric propulsion at NEVS, packed batteries in the underbody and started in June 2019th the production.
Old Saab base becomes digital
The optics and the interior can hardly deny their Saab origin, even if it is not clear whether the production is currently running. According to information from Sweden, it is resting and the factory in Tianjin is being expanded to double its capacity. This is supported by the fact that the NEVS 9-3 electric car has not yet appeared in any statistics as a new registration. In January 2020 will finally be ramped up production, and a 18-year history would go on in the sequel.
For the NEVS 9-3 electric car there is an app for free download in the Apple Store. In 2002, probably nobody would have thought that the Saab base would one day be digital. But now it is a reality and allows the electric car to be managed via iPhone.
Publisher of the app is Guoneng Automobile, the Chinese name of NEVS. About Guoneng also the first 500 vehicles to go to authorities before private customers get their vehicle. The app is obviously maintained, the current version is dated to the September 2019. Your download is also possible in Germany on the iPhone, a restriction to countries does not exist. Only you can do so little to nothing, it lacks the right electric car.
NEVS 9-3 electric car “China only”
If the images in the App Store are a reality, then the 9-3 electric car would reach a range of 360 kilometers. The power consumption of 18 kWh would be that of a BMW i3 or a Kia e-Niro. Just as well, the images could also be fake, because a top speed of 230 km / h belongs to the realm of legends. The electric car should be regulated much earlier.
The manufacturer still sees the NEVS 9-3 electric car as a “China only” product. Maybe some test copies will still come to Sweden in 2020 and find their way into the media. It would be exciting to learn how the evolution of a story from 2002 continues.