The last few days have been interesting! The NEVS founder leaves, the real estate giant Evergrande takes over at Göta Älv. At the same time, the first new product since 2011 is shown. A self-driving one robot taxi, whose imagination may get little attention. A lot going on in Trollhättan.
There was mine Post about the departure of the founder. Compact to say what to say. The end of an era and the statement made by NEVS CEO Stefan Tilk to the Swedish media that there would be no production in Trollhättan before 2023. The spirits differed on this sentence.
Production in Trollhättan?
He is right, without question. As of today, NEVS or Evergrande will have no series production before 2023 in the old Saab factory. The statement would not have been a problem in the past. Today, since Saabblog is read internationally, yes. In addition: times have become very sensitive, long periods of inactivity do not read well. A request for relativization came from the expanded NEVS environment. No mass production - but ...
It is said that cars will be built. Copies of the Sango robot taxi, prototypes of upcoming electric vehicles. Even electric vehicles from Koenigsegg are conceivable. The plant will not stand so completely still in the coming years, that seems clear. There should be some life and a future.
Not even mentioned in the article about the progress of KJJ was the possible contract manufacturing by Sono Motors. Nevertheless, it was the basis for a discussion in the circles of the Munich start-up. Finally, the Sono press office asked for an addition to the article. The contract manufacturing in Trollhättan is not affected, the current plans do not change. In plain language: The plan that from the 1st quarter of 2022 vehicles "Made in Trollhättan“Will go into the hands of customers, is still there.
According to the current status, production of the Sion should start as early as autumn 2021. However, its first copies are not yet destined for delivery. You will see if the schedule is valid. Corona does not make planning easier and causes uncertainties.
Sono Motors, Koenigsegg, Sango, NEVS. There are many options for Trollhättan. For the first time in years, but a few things need to be made clear. The priority for Evergrande is in China, and before there is a functioning production in Trollhättan, high investments are necessary. A car factory that is at a standstill cannot simply be switched on again. Before you can flip the first switch, you need acceptance tests, permits, new systems.
It is to be welcomed that there are prospects in difficult times. I am happy for Trollhättan and for the automotive tradition of the city. If it's helpful, I'll be there. With a fine adjustment of the words.