A new test vehicle from NEVS was spotted in Trollhättan last week. Some images were shared on social media. The NEVS Mule is camouflaged with a Saab 9-3 body. But its wheelbase is much longer than that of the 9-3, and the track width does not fit either. That raises questions.
What is NEVS testing in Trollhättan?
The assumptions range from a vehicle with a wheel hub engine, an SUV, to Hengchi 1. Also a Mule in connection with the autonomous one sango is possible. However, in this context the question arises why one should need a Mule from the Sango, where the vehicle and design are already known in the media.
The Spanish magazine FCE (forocheselectricos) sees the Mule as the test vehicle for a purely electric SUV and argues with the long wheelbase. To this end, it publishes what was originally known as Hengchi 1 drawing of an SUV. The design comes from RAW Designhouse from Sweden and a patent has been applied for in China.
Contrary to previous assumptions, however, the Hengchi 1 was an electric luxury sedan. And in the presented vehicles Hengchi 2 to 6 you could not recognize the design of this SUV anywhere. In general, Evergrande, NEVS and Koenigsegg seem to live in parallel worlds. Evergrande is, for now, a particularly Chinese thing. Television in China is already showing commercials several times a day to encourage consumers to believe in the new Hengchi car brand.
Many possibilities – but no answer.
Meanwhile, Koenigsegg goes its own way. Where NEVS and Trollhättan will fit in with Evergrande and Koenigsegg in the future is still unclear at the moment. After the full takeover, which is due for next month, maybe more will be known.
Probably the good news at the moment is that development is still going on in Trollhättan and not all competencies are in China. Even if it remains unclear today what is actually going on.