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NEVS Completes Saab Deal, Electric Cars On The Way

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Swedish carmaker Saab endeared itself to many throughout its history, with a reputation for unique design and technological innovation across several decades.

That made watching its slow death last year excruciating for fans of the marque, and as the company closed its doors, the future for Saab and its home town of Trollhättan in Sweden looked bleak.

Thanks to Chinese-owned National Electric Vehicles Sweden (NEVS), the future once again looks bright--and greener than ever.

NEVS has finalized acquisition of the Saab automobile bankruptcy estates, meaning Saab is once again in the hands of a company that wishes to continue its tradition for engineering--this time, with an electric vehicle.

Included in the acquisition are the IP rights to the Saab 9-3, tools, the manufacturing plant and test and laboratory facilities. The company also bought Saab's in-development Phoenix platform in the acquisition. The all-new platform, used in the 2011 PhoeniX concept, was set to be the basis of the next generation Saab 9-3, on which NEVS's first car is likely to be based.

The company plans to develop a "world-class electric vehicle" at the Trollhättan plant. Development has been ongoing in Japan and China even before the acquisition, but can now continue in Sweden using the Saab facility's state-of-the-art technology.

NEVS has announced that although it holds the rights to the Saab name, the present logotype will not be used--so Saab may well be rebranded to fit in with the new all-electric plan.

After years in the mire, fans of Saab will be pleased to hear the company is finally in good hands, granted a new lease of life to storm the electric vehicle market.

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  1. It will still be interesting to see how this plays out, but I do hope this will go as they've claimed and the final result is good quality production electric cars.
     
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  2. Saab finally in good hands? Hmm.... once the Chinese front company that is NEVS has carted the coveted IP rights to GM/Saab technology and tooling of the scene to the homeland I doubt much will be heard again of any plans to do electric Saabs in Sweden. It's unlikely that the shady NEVS company has any serious EV technology to bring to the table. Contrary to popular believe the Chinese haven't actually got a clue how to do a proper affordable mass produced EV, their EV production hinges mostly on partnerships with western companies.
     
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  3. Sadly, I agree. Didn't NEVS' founder previously work for a Chinese government energy department looking to acquire foreign technology?
     
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  4. I'll believe it when I see it. In the mean time, the only Electric Saabs I know of are diy conversions as seen on http://evalbum.com/type/SAAB
     
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  5. It’s odd that they don’t plan to use the SAAB logotype or name. That’s the only real value there besides the new unfinished car platform.
     
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  6. I think they're using the name, it just looks like it'll be rebranded - different logo, typeface, that sort of thing.
     
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  7. Driving range 280 km:
    http://insideevs.com/200-electric-saab-9-3s-to-be-build-soon-range-of-170-miles/
     
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  8. Both Sedan and Wagon!
    http://saabblog.net/2014/02/07/saab-ev-kommt-im-2-quartal-2014/
    Zoom in at the picture of the presentation you will see "9-3 EV Sedan/Wagon"

    Information about testdriving the new EV's :
    http://www.saabsunited.com/2014/02/production-line-to-be-rebuilt-to-accommodate-electric-cars.html

    Info about the chassi:
    http://www.saabsunited.com/2013/12/press-release-nevs-ruukki-in-partnership.html

    Production start:
    (Swedish text, use Google Chrome or Translate)
    http://www.automotorsport.se/artiklar/nyheter/20140207/snart-kommer-saab-9-3-med-eldrift
    Short translation: "Official production start will be in a few weeks and there will be some interior changes" the article was published 2014-02-07
     
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