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Press-release: NEVS applies for reorganization

August 28, 2014 in News

To create more time for negotiations Nevs applies for reorganization

The Board of Directors of National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB has today, August 28, 2014, decided to apply for a reorganization to create more time for the ongoing negotiations. The application has been submitted to the district court in Vänersborg, Sweden.

“The tripartite negotiations we have with two global vehicle manufacturers are still progressing, but are complex and have taken more time than we predicted. We need additional time to complete the negotiations and reach an agreement. Therefore, we apply for a reorganization. We intend to fully pay our debts to our suppliers”, said Nevs’ President Mattias Bergman.

Nevs has about 400 suppliers of direct materials and 500 suppliers of indirect materials. The vast majority of these have chosen to await the outcome of the ongoing negotiations. Some creditors have filed applications for an order to pay at the Swedish Enforcement Authority.

The upcoming activities from the Enforcement Authority may involve mandatory sale of assets that are supposed to be included in Nevs’ agreement with above mentioned vehicle manufacturers. Loss of such assets could obstruct finalizing a contract with them. To get more time to complete the negotiations, Nevs filed for a reorganization today.

Nevs proposed Mr. Lars Eric Gustafsson, Attorney at Hamilton law firm in Stockholm, as administrator during the reorganization period.

Mikael Östlund

9-3 EV1: First impressions

August 28, 2014 in Editorial, EVs, NEVS

I’m sure many of you have seen the excellent pictures of NEVS new prototype of the electric car, EV-1.
Last Friday I went to see the car live and to get a closer look at the car in Trollhättan.
I will not repeat the facts from the release, if you want to take a closer look at the presentation from NEVS, check it out here. This will be some personal reflections and observations, without testing the car.9-3_ev1_1

The first thing I noticed when I saw the EV was that except from the yellow line on the bumpers with text that say this is a electric vehicle (“elbil”), and the fact the car is missing a exhaust-system it looked pretty like the other 2014 9-3 Aero’s from Nevs. The first things that I found out look different on this particular prototype (NEVS have some more EV-prototypes) is the wheels (17″ ALU59 with 225/50 tyres), the blue Ice-block headlamps and regular halogen foglights (2014 9-3 use as we know LED-lamps). All in all, without the yellow tape, this could be a face-lifted regular everyday-use car – in other words a perfect car for testing.

One more thing I noticed pretty soon was the ride height, without any proof or measuring, for me it can look like the same ride height as the 9-3x. For me it sounds reasonable, because the batteries of the car is mounted under the car where the petrol-tank and exhaust-system is mounted on a “normal” 9-3 – and this is giving the car an immediate benefit; it is just as practical as the 9-3 sedan we know. Another benefit having the batteries under the car is the weight-issue, doing it this way is giving a low center of gravity since the batteries is pretty heavy. One more thing regarding the ride-height, destroy a battery isn’t a thing you want to do, most because high voltage, and second because the price of the battery. For a EV the total cost of the batteries about 40% of what the car costs. But if the accident is a fact does this prototype have approximately 190 batteries in total, and they is grouped in 11 separate modules, so you can change only one module if necessary.

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Pure Joy – Under development in Trollhättan

When we talk about the batteries, the guys from NEVS told me the batteries is planed to last the entire life of the car. You can charge the battery approximately 5000 times, so if you charge your EV every day it will be about 13.5 years. One of the things NEVS do to increase the lifetime of the batteries is to not take out max power from them, and they are also have plans for cooling down the batteries.
The charging of th batteries must be done from a standard 16A plug, the prototypes is not support faster charging yet, but that is of course something NEVS will work with. The battery-pack is 37kWh in total, and it will take about 10h to charge.

So if we go to the inside of the car is it as I said earlier pretty like the regular 2014 9-3 Aero, even the sound isolation is at this prototype is exactly like the the 1024 9-3 Aero. The first thing you will noticeis that there is no gear-shifter. That is replaced with four buttons (R,N,P and D), and the function is like a car with automatic transmission – the big difference is that you push the button instead of moving the gear shifter. The instruments is also different, there we find the tachometer you will find a “range-meter”, wich tell you how many kilometres you can drive before the battery is empty. Where we usually find the fuel-gauge we have a gauge with the same function, but with “fuel-gauge” design. We find find the speedometer in its usual place, but it’s only scaled to 160kph. Now the EV prototypes is limited to max 120kph, so at this stage this isn’t a big issue. You also find a Ecometer where we find the turbo-meter, this will help the driver to drive economic so you can take out longest possible range, wich for the prototypes is about 200km.
The observe reader will recognise the instruments, the hardware are taken from SAABs e-Power concept, but NEVS have developed new software. If this is something NEVS will keep, or if they will develop something new is a open question. I think this looks OK, but remember this is a prototype and the focus right now is to test technical solutions – not to make fancy instruments ;)

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In the interior we also find another great feature we in SU crew have waited for; the new Infotainment!
This is a thing that isn’t exclusive for the EV, as soon it’s ready we will also find it in the 9-3 Aero. Sadly the Infotainment wasn’t ready, so I can’t say anything about functions, but the Infotainment is as we had written before based on a Android device, and that opens for NEVS to make their own user interface and maybe doing their own special apps for service-points, charging-points and so on. But I can say it looked great, with this new touch-screen the dashboard looked more clean then ever, it’s no need to say I liked this very much ;)

So what will be the next step for the EV prototypes? From what I see I think NEVS will be working on slimming the 9-3, every unnecessary kilo slimmed away is extra range. A question is also how whey are planing to heat up the couple during the winter. If the fan is going to use power from the battery-pack we will have a lower range during the winter, and personally I think this is a important question for many here in Scandinavia. We will have the same range that we are used to have summertime, and we want a warm and comfortable car =)

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SU Guys staring swedish BMW blog

August 26, 2014 in Off-Topic

I just wanted to let you guys know that me and Jörgen from the SU Crew have launched a swedish BMW blog which we’re keeping as a nice little side project to SU. As many of you probably have understood the two of us are on our way to BMW as our daily driver but regardless what we drive in while going to work, the heart still remains firmly attached to Trollhättan and Saab.

This blog will not cause us to leave SU in anyway or decrease our presence here, its more of a fun thing for us to do while we wait for new cars to come out from Saab which we’re looking forward to very much. We’ve already borrowed several new cars that we’ve taken out on the street and its a lot of fun to try out new cars and new technology and get to share the experience =).

So for you guys who are interested, please have a look at www.bmwb.se and follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bmwbloggen

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SOTW, much loved TTiD

August 21, 2014 in Sotw

Hi. Having bought an 11 plate 93 aero a few months ago, I’ve finally got round
to sending you these images for Sotw. As a young Saab fan myself, along with
the need for a new family car for my parents after a terrible Mercedes B-
class, a saw an opportunity to persuade them into buying a Saab. As you can
see, I was more than successful and now we have this beautiful white aero,
with only 14k miles from new. As a car enthusiast Saabs really appealed to me
and I couldn’t be happier with it, from its sheer quality to the immense power
from the 180 TTID engine. When it comes to style, the Saab struggles to be
beaten and I even have plans to use it for my prom next year! It may be our
first Saab, but we are hooked, and I can’t understand why anyone would buy
anything else!

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Breaking news: NEVS postpones wages

August 21, 2014 in News

According to P4 West, NEVS will have to postpone payment of the wages from what would normally be the 25th of august to the 5th of september.

Mikael Östlund said that the reason for the delay is a delay in money transfers but he is unable to give details as to the reason for the transfer delay. All employees have been notified.

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First Photos: NEVS EV-1 *updated with press-release

August 20, 2014 in News

Today NEVS showed its electric 9-3 EV-1 for the first time, Jukka Rokka, was kind enough to send us some photos of the car. If you look closely you’ll also see the new Infotainment system mounted into the dash. Clearly a touch-screen system which I intend to find out more about! Enjoy! =)

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PRESS RELEASE FROM NEVS

Today Nevs presented the Saab 9-3 Electric Vehicle as designed and produced as part of a prototype series in Trollhättan.

The car is a modified Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan where the batteries are placed under the floor, keeping the full interior space as well as the luggage compartment intact. With that, the Saab 9-3 EV is just as practical as the Saab 9-3 Aero with gasoline engine.

The Saab 9-3’s famous driving-experience is of course preserved in the EV, helped by its low center of gravity and a 50/50 weight distribution.

“We are happy to present the result of Nevs engineering into a real Saab EV product. The Saab cars’ well-known performance and safety is maintained and we foresee a very good product for the market. When we developed the Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan Model Year 14, we focused on enhancing the driving experience, safety and quality. And the starting point for our development of the Electric Vehicle project was to maintain all the good attributes and characteristics”, said Stig Nodin, Vice President Engineering and Product Development.

The car shown in Trollhättan today is one from the first prototype series of cars and it was produced in the Trollhättan plant in May.

The car is equipped with lithium-ion batteries from Beijing National Battery Technology, a company within the Chinese group of green tech companies owned by Kai Johan Jiang’s company National Modern Energy Holdings Ltd.

In this phase of the development the performance of the prototype series are limited to:

The range for this prototype series of cars is approximately 200 km.

  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h, 0-60 mph 10 sec.
  • Maximum speed of 120 km/h.
  • Engine power 140 hp, 100 kW.

The prototype series have multiple reasons:

  • To enhance the understanding of EV’s in the complete company.
  • To serve as a reference for specification of coming production model(s).
  • To be used as a test bench for technical development.
  • To verify the manufacturing setup.
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NEVS will show its EV-1 tomorrow in Trollhättan

August 19, 2014 in News

NEVS is one of the Mainsponsors of the Alliansloppet, one of the biggest roller skis race in Scandinavia.
There will be race events from tomorrow till saturday.

According to ttela.se and Sverigesradio P4 tomorrow NEVS will present the first electric SAAB car in the Hansenplatsen in Trollhättan. It seems like some of them do exist, maybe they were build before the production stop.

Don’t expect too much, as the car will look like the current 9-3, the changes are under the skin, where they have changed the underpinnings to put the battery without loosing cargo space.

Always A Kid-Saab Turbo 006, re-visited

August 18, 2014 in Off-Topic, Saabs History

Quite often I find myself on the internet aimlessly looking for anything SAAB related and often I find stuff from other people who are doing the same or I stumble across something I had forgotten. One such piece I have come across was that of the Saab Turbo 006 Convertible Junior. I remember seeing photo’s of this car on the showroom floor in my friend Darryl’s Saab dealership and never thought much of it.

Finding any information on this car is not as simple as typing into a search and finding the wikipedia file, but I did find a little more on this gem.

The Saab Turbo 006 was built in 1986 and was a great way of creating future Saab fans in the way of kids. This junior car is powered by a wheel motor that can turn into a 4×2 for winter driving (how cool is that? Even in a Go-kart). This according to Saab 900 Classic website who have a number of great photo’s on their site of the 006 including the one below of the 3.5hp engine.

         

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SOTW Great looking early 9-5 Wagon

August 16, 2014 in Sotw

Robin,
here is my submission for SOTW:
1999 Saab 9-5 Sportcombi. – 17,464 Miles since new.
Purchased at Shaw Saab, Hingham MA.

Recent Updates:
17″ Saab 9-5 Sport Wheels with Conti Summer Tires Color Matched Front Grille In Imola Red – Rear Spoiler And Mirrors Repainted Smoked Side Marker Lights New Style Saab Roundels, Front & Back Windows Tinted 35% – Suntek Carbon Film Mustang Mach 1 Chin Spoiler  New 10th Mountain Plate Created With Matte Black Vinyl Background Rear Hatch Debadged, Matte Black Vintage Turbo Script Applied Borla Muffler With Factory Engraved Saab Exhaust Tip

xx

Big thanks to Alex for sharing.
You will find extra photos on my Flickr feed

Lets all try to make this a very special day for one true SAAB enthusiast…….

August 14, 2014 in News

It is with great sadness that we here in the UK have heard that one of our dearest and most ardent SAAB enthusiasts has fallen terminally ill. Many of you will know of Mark, better known by most as Parish, from meeting him at numerous events both here in the UK and abroad. The prognosis of his illness shows that Mark may only be with us for a few more months at best.

Parish

It is for that reason I write this article, with the permission of Marks’ wife, to call for as much support as possible from our community at what will almost certainly be the last SAAB event Mark will attend. I hear Mark is very much looking forward to this day where hopefully he will get to see many old faces and friends.

The event which is here in the UK promises to be a fantastic but somewhat poignant day taking into account the circumstances. Sadly Mark has had to sell his beloved Saab which in itself was a very emotional experience for him.

It is our intention to make this event a very special one for both Mark and his family and ask that all SAAB owners who can attend to please come along to this FREE event. The date is the 30th August at Castle Coombe race circuit ( Chippenham, Wiltshire SN14 7EY) ,where, as part of the event, there will also be a special parade lap of the circuit for all SAAB cars that wish to partake. I am certain that Mark will be up there right at the front riding with somebody!! So please, if you can make it, bring your SAAB or any other make of car and join us for this very special day and show how our community is still as strong as ever!

I thank you in advance for your support.

Please add your name at the link below or email me at mplsab@hotmail.com

Event details http://castlecombetrackday.bristolpegasus.com

Please add your name here:
http://gwsforum.proboards.com/thread/1894/saturday-30th-august-2014-interesting
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Do a nice thing for your parents

August 13, 2014 in Fan Stuff

Youtube link: www.youtube.com/embed/nDHpvTDJMrc

Thanx to “onlysaab” for the tip! =)