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 will be built, it is said. Examples of the Sango robot taxi, prototypes of upcoming electric vehicles. Even Koenigsegg electric vehicles are conceivable. The work will not be so quiet in the coming years, that seems clear. There should be some life and future.
The possible contract manufacturing of Sono Motors was not mentioned at all in the article about the progress of KJJ. Nevertheless, it was the basis for a discussion in the circles of the Munich start-up. Finally, the Sono press office asked for the article to be supplemented. Contract manufacturing in Trollhättan is not affected, the current planning does not change. In plain language: The planning that from the 1st quarter of 2022 vehicles “Made in Trollhättan”Will continue to be in customer hands.
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 you have to say a few things clearly. The priority for Evergrande is in China, and large investments are needed before Trollhättan can function properly. You don't just switch on a car plant at a standstill. Before you can flip the first switch, you need approvals, permits and 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.