On di.se Lars Holmqvist, the former head of CLEPA, gives his opinion on the plan that NEVS has. From the way he talks I feel like he does not know more about that business plan than most of us:
“I’m actually quite confused and I do not understand this electric vehicle consortium. If I’m honest, it’s so bad that I rarely heard anything like it”
His point is that there are so many e-vehicle projects in the world that you may not need another one. But as I understand the plans that NEVS has the e-power only is just for a start before they can build a proper hybrid on the Phoenix platform. Of course there are many unanswered questions when it comes to the NEVS business model but as many stated before we will only see the outcome if they really get to buy Saab.
As for the Saab Parts issue for example, they do not need to buy it to work with them and their network. Since NDO won’t sell it seperately right away NEVS could just contract the services they need without having to spend 2.2 billion SEK. Might even be a wise move to have more money left to invest in the core business.
Further down in that article Mikael Wickelgren, lecturer in business studies, makes a point that is closer to what I imagine NEVS to plan:
“As for the kind of vehicle that Nevs think about so I understand why they are interested in Saab. Saab is basically a front wheel drive car and it’s easy to electrify the rear wheels with electric motors. And there are a number of projects that Saab themselves engaged”
He continues that he also thinks a pore electric car business will not be viable. Which will most likely be true.
On a personal note, Holmqvist has never been happy about any e-car project. A reason may be that he does not expect this to generate much business for the local suppliers because of smaller scales. Still, he was in charge at CLEPA when the suppliers decded to stop supplying and while Saab tried to negotiate for a restart (with the known result). I still feel the suppliers shot themselves in the foot back then but that may be just me. I run a business myself and know pretty well how difficult it is to decide how long to support a customer that is in financial troubles before it kills your own company. But I feel there had been a way that all could have lived with. This is history now so I would not get to deep into this but I feel he has done his part to what we have today.