Cool in Trollhättan? The Sango on the test track.

A purely electric, self-driving robot taxi from Trollhättan. Last week, NEVS presented the first self-developed electric car. Lots of space for 6 passengers in the smallest space and somehow cool. Futuristic, exciting. Just as one could soon be mobile in the metropolitan regions or in rural areas.

The Sango on the test track in Trollhättan
The Sango on the test track in Trollhättan

Admittedly, the Sango still crawls along the route at only 15 km / h. No comparison to the old Saab times when turbo engines whizzed by. Instead, silence. The speed will change. The silence will remain. The sound of the future that you may get used to, but maybe not and miss something.

Yet. The Sango is pretty cool and somehow Saab too. As incredible as it sounds. Because in Trollhättan, even in Saab times, maybe something like this robot taxi would have been put on the wheels. Best space economy thanks to the elimination of the steering wheel and driver's seat. A very reduced ambience that still leaves room for privacy with optimal use of space. The extendable frosted glass panes for shielding from fellow travelers are practical and ingenious.

A robot taxi from Trollhättan

Saab's lateral thinkers, who questioned everything, might have seen the future in it. Of course, such a product does not attract anyone with gasoline in their blood. Maybe not someone who drives a Saab. Too factual, too little to provide something for the senses. But it fits Trollhättan and the tradition of the location. Dare to do something completely new that doesn't do what you expect.

You have to see whether the Sango and the type of robot taxis will find its market. In Asia probably more than here, because acceptance for new technology is more pronounced in these markets. The sango is cool. It might have originated from a science fiction film, but is a reality on the old Saab test track.

Its design continues automotive history. It also contains a piece of the old Saab DNA. Simon Padian also worked on the project. The last Saab design chief in Trollhättan, who shared responsibility for the brand's final cars such as the 9-5 NG.

Film / Image: NEVS AB (1/1)

20 thoughts on "Cool in Trollhättan? The Sango on the test track."

  • @ Capri 73 ,,

    it's a shame that you refuse this simple request. This is not nice, but it was worth trying.

    The blog team and readers would also have welcomed it if you could overcome your passion for “dear Mr. Hürsch”, to whom you direct the majority of your comments.

    Incidentally, without it being useful for the assignment. Not every reader knows your dear Mr. Hürsch, shares your passion ...

    So please, if you are not going to leave it at all, then please “@ Volvaab Driver”.

    Thank you

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  • @ Mr. Detlef Rudolf,
    You are absolutely right. I can 100 percent agree with their texts and explanations on the Sango!

  • Dear Mr. Hürsch,
    it was just an answer to your text.
    I can address them personally, because they always do it that way. It's nothing bad.
    Do almost everyone here!
    They just changed their name here so that it looks like they lost their enthusiasm for the Saab blog as Herbert Hürsch and then wrote here again two days later under a new name.
    It doesn't bother me, it's nice that they are here again. I had already written to you that way.
    I look forward to more exciting texts from you!

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  • Working out an exact schedule with 2 other couples in order to then head for certain destinations and possibly also take detours, as not every couple lives on the cheapest route? No thanks - then I prefer to drive with my better half in a 9-3 convertible without attachments and detours, as this would definitely be the more relaxing option for me!

    In the late evening hours (after rush hour traffic) there isn't much going on on the streets anyway - if three individual vehicles were on the road instead of the Sango, this would certainly not lead to overload.

  • Dear Mr. Capri 73,

    I have checked your statements and researched them thoroughly. To my greatest surprise, I found that you are absolutely right with everything.

    Taxis have actually been around for a long time. WOW….

    In all seriousness, you repeatedly address me personally, although I have already ignored that several times and changed my name. It would be nice if you too could find a way to express yourself here without maintaining a personal “relationship”.

    Neither the editors, the readers nor I are interested in it. What plausible explanation do you have?

    Why can't you simply express your opinion without explicitly addressing it to me?
    I address you and have not been referring to you for a long time and that works very well.
    I don't need and don't want a point of friction at all.

    I would be very happy if you too could and would ignore me in the future.

    Thanks in advance.

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  • Dear Mr. Herbert Hürsch,
    I still stick to the fact that the sango is superfluous and that no one needs it.
    Just because the vehicle could come from Trollhättan, you don't have to find it good.

    By the way, for your scenarios with the change or the 3 couples, there has been a solution for decades! ...... it's called TAXI !!!

    Perhaps one should also think about our workplaces. Who can still drive the Sango when we are all unemployed ... Then everyone would have time!

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  • @ Detlef Rudolf,

    let your imagination play. Tom commented on multiple configuration options.

    Moving parcel stations are also conceivable that drive up in front of an inner-city and possibly old-town front door in a narrow alley with no emissions until the recipient has confirmed via their smartphone that they are at home and ready to receive ...

    There is so much more imaginable.

    In the big cities of this world - even in the comparatively small metropolises of Germany - there are driving distances of up to 20 km within (!) The center.

    Provided that appropriate services are available, you can use this radius, your cultural and culinary offerings very comfortably for 6 or more people, both privately and professionally.

    Imagine using public transport instead, having to change trains three times and being mobbed on the way to the opera and before or afterwards to a restaurant from the left or the right - for whatever reason.

    Nobody has ever said that such a service could and should take over the everyday and public traffic between the bacon belt and the city (the commuting). Such a service is justified apart from existing and known samples. It's about the future and new options, not about using and mapping old behavior patterns better than was previously possible.

    An example:
    If 3 couples (6 people) are planning an evening together, they can drive individually with 3 cars from A, B & C to 1. D, then and 2. to F and finally and 3. back to A, B & C.
    This results in 9 inner-city parking space searches, which quickly add up to 1,5 to 3 hours (each 10 to 20 minutes of parking space search).

    If the 3 couples booked a sango together for their evening, they would relieve the inner city traffic considerably and would have more time together.

    You can find that superfluous. You can also long for such a scenario. But you shouldn't prematurely break it down, I think.

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  • Well, I wouldn't see the future of the part as negative, especially in rural areas, where local public transport rarely runs and often only 2-3 people sit on a bus or train, ... if someone drives. Since such a part must probably be booked via an app, improper use can also be traced. As already written for the last article, the part is not also stuck in traffic in rural areas, personnel for the daily control of the condition is not as expensive per transported user as bus drivers with 2-3 people in the bus. When larger groups book, several parts travel in a convoy, with a lot of pastries a transport part is added. So bring it on, my grannies and students would be happy!

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  • From the so-called bacon belt around Hamburg, people have been traveling to the city center by S-Bahn or U-Bahn for years. These small taxis like Sango & Co. have far too little space to even begin to keep up. On longer journeys (especially in times of global pandemics) you naturally drive as isolated as possible in your own car.

    So somehow these ugly things are superfluous!

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  • The Sango is superfluous, there are buses and trains for the city center. Something like that doesn't work in rural areas.
    Who cleans these vehicles and how do they look
    Vehicles out after years?

    NEVS has definitely found a great way to burn a lot of money for something no one needs!
    The money would have been better invested for the production of combustion vehicles, preferably with turbo! and with naming rights from Saab!

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  • The Sango stimulates the imagination

    I don't know where to start and how to end the comment.
    The Sango and its competitors - sooner or later there will be - have what it takes to change the way of life, traffic and traffic and urban planning, and also the world of work, at least in inner cities.

    Even if I am a petrolhead and would like to have at least one combustion engine that is as analogous as possible in my stable, but I also know life, traffic and the search for a parking space in the middle of different city centers.

    Today I could no longer imagine work, leisure and living in a “car-friendly” city center. Nothing and nobody is friendly. Pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and professional drivers - all suffer from each other and curse each other.

    It doesn't help either if a Tesla is parked in the second row instead of an AMG or if it's like a scorched pig. The inner cities do not need a new drive system, but a new traffic concept. The sango fits in very well.

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  • Hello Griffin,
    Tom noted a comment on the previous post. There was nothing about an autonomous sanitary cell ..., but maybe his list was not max. full.
    Otherwise, I'm glad that the DIXI toilets don't have that many windows. 🙂

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  • Hui, a moving toilet house …….

  • The Sango should be very flexible. Versions with fewer seats and with space for luggage are possible. Likewise, versions for pure baggage or freight transport as delivery vehicles.

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  • What to do with the luggage with all the occupants - why not a word about it?

  • Better than nothing - but it would be really great if real cars also rolled off the production lines in Trollhättan for people who like to drive themselves. With these so-called robot taxis, I'm somehow happy that the name SAAB no longer appears. Just ugly this sango

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  • It also contains a piece of the old Saab DNA.
    Yes, when I see the indicated windshield, I can almost see the pilot's cockpit ... so drawn around “the corner”. Great.
    I can well imagine vehicles of this kind in fleets in the countryside and in cities connected on the road.
    I can well imagine using a taxi like this with other people. Personally, I don't have to use such a vehicle “alone”. Boarding is possible if there is enough space. Family X can have a different goal than my family.
    The route planner will fix it ... 😉
    So when does it start?

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