Saab restarts production, plans an EV for 2014

Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), the company that took over the Saab brand name, has started production…of a gas-powered car.

Production of the Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan, with a 220 hp, 2.0 liter turbo gas engine, has begun at the Saab plant in Trollhättan. Sales are initially focused on China, but a small number of vehicles will be sold directly to Swedish customers via the NEVS web site.

The company plans to start slow, at a production rate of about ten cars a week, then gradually increase the pace to meet customer demand. It plans to launch an electric car based on the Saab 9-3 in spring 2014, with China as the first market. NEVS partner and part owner Qingdao has placed an order for a pilot fleet of 200 EVs, with delivery to begin in spring 2014.

“I am proud of the dedication and focus that NEVS management and employees have demonstrated over the year that has passed since we became owners of the plant in Trollhättan,” said Kai Johan Jiang, NEVS founder and main owner. “Swedish expertise along with Japanese technology around batteries and new lightweight materials and our Chinese group’s focus on green technology is our strength for the future.”

NEVS’ purchasing organization has built partnerships with some 400 suppliers, engaging a total of around 2,400 companies all over the world.

 

Source: National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS)