National Electric Vehicle Sweden

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National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB
Type Aktiebolag
Industry Automotive
Founded 2012
Headquarters Trollhättan, Sweden
Key people Kai Johan Jiang (CEO)
Karl-Erling Trogen (Chairman)
Products Automobiles
Owners NME Holdings (78%)
City of Qingdao (22%)[1]
Employees 500 (September 2013)[2]
Divisions Saab Automobile AB (100%)
Website www.saabcars.com

National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB, abbreviated as Nevs, is a Swedish holding company, which has acquired the assets of Saab Automobile AB, Saab Automobile Powertrain AB, and Saab Automobile Tools AB from a bankruptcy estate. Nevs is majority owned by British Virgin Islands-registered, Hong Kong-based, National Modern Energy Holdings Ltd., an energy company with operations in China, Macau, and Hong Kong.

In May 2012, Nevs announced that it had submitted a bid for Saab Automobile's bankruptcy estate, and planned to run an electric vehicle business at the Saab factory in Trollhättan, Sweden.[3] On September 3, 2012, it was announced that National Electric Vehicle Sweden had finalized its purchase of Saab Automobile's bankruptcy estate.[4] On 28 August 2014, NEVS filed for bankruptcy protection.[5]

History[edit]

The first pre-production car made by Nevs, a Saab 9-3.

Nevs has signed a licensing agreement with Saab AB regarding the rights to use the Saab brand name for its future vehicles. The vehicles and related products and services will be named Saab. The former Saab griffin logo will not be used, as Saab AB and Scania AB, who own the rights to use the griffin, have not given Nevs the right for its use.

Nevs restarted production of the Saab 9-3 on September 18, 2013 in Saab's former Trollhättan assembly plant. Two pre-production vehicles were made to calibrate assembly equipment and test new components. The only exterior difference was the lack of the Griffin badge, which was replaced with a badge displaying the Saab logotype.[6]

On October 9, 2013, Nevs confirmed a restart of production by autumn of 2013, and that negotiations with suppliers are being finalized. A total 15 of 30 pre-production models had been assembled, and 347 employees were working at the Trollhättan plant.[7]

On November 29, 2013, Nevs announced that full-scale production of a petrol-powered variant of the Saab 9-3 Aero would commence on December 2, 2013, having replaced the 20% of parts originally sourced from former owner General Motors.[8] Stig Runesson was replaced as the head of Manufacturing & Facilities for Nevs by Morgan Fransson on March 1, 2014.[9]

On May 20, 2014, Nevs announced 'a short term stop of production' of the 9-3 due to cash flow problems.[10]

Models[edit]

Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan MY14 in silver color.

Nevs introduced the Saab 9-3 Aero MY14 sedan on December 1, 2013 with production starting the next day. The new MY14 model features a 220-horsepower 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with minimal design changes compared to the 2011 model. The Saab griffin on the bonnet was replaced with a Saab logotype badge. The MY14 model will go on sale in Sweden for 279 000 SEK (about US$42,600) with an electric model debuting in China in 2014.[11]

The batteries for the electric version of the 9-3 will be produced by Nevs' sister company, Beijing National Battery Technology. The batteries are based on Japanese technology and have an energy density of 146 Wh/kg.[12]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Our company". Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Warburton, Simon. "FKG hails supplier opportunity as Nevs gears up for production". just-auto. Aroq Ltd. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Bekräftat intresse för Saab". Bohuslänningen (in Swedish). 24 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Saab-affären helt klar". DN.SE (in Swedish). Dagens Nyheter AB. 
  5. ^ http://online.wsj.com/articles/saab-autos-chinese-backed-owner-goes-bust-1409212885?tesla=y&mg=reno64-wsj&url=http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203937904580119102887304246.html
  6. ^ ""Saab production resumes in Trollhattan under Nevs control". CarAdvice. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Warburton, Simon. "SWEDEN: Nevs sticks to autumn Saab 9-3 relaunch date". just-auto. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Saab will resume series production of the 9-3 sedan on Monday". Automotive News Europe. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Östlund, Mikael. "Morgan Fransson appointed head of Manufacturing from 1st March". National Electric Vehicle Sweden. Nevs. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  10. ^ saabcars.com
  11. ^ "Production of Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan has started in Trollhättan". National Electric Vehicle Sweden. December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "About us". Nevs. Retrieved 22 September 2013.