It seems to never end. For more than a year all we can do is wait and see. Wait and see what happens to Saab, see if a solution comes up on the horizon to revive Saab and, at best, bring it back to former glory. Understandable, as us Saab fans are a a species that is pretty proud of its cars and the company behind it so a rivived Saab would give us back part of our pride.
We had hoped with the announcement of the sale things would get more clear and new life would flow into the facilities in Trollhättan. Actually it already begun, but quite slowly. Too slow for some of us, but that is quite natural. We are very eager to see cars roll of the line again but after this year of standstill it is no surprise that this takes time.
Looking at the new owner of Saab, I can understand that many of you do not feel too comfortable. Hearing that NEVS will just make electric vehicles was not what we had expected, not what we had hoped for. But rest assured, what we see right now is just the tip of the iceberg, there is much ore about this plan. I wrote about it before and the plot thickens that the Indian involvement is a major one. Still, we will most likely not see any announcement from them until the ink has dried. That’s just the way they work.
Kai Johan Jiang had to face quite a storm blowing in his direction. The Swedish press happily pulled out so called experts with no actual insight in the process itself to talk down NEVS. Ex CLEPA CEO Lars Holmquist was just one of them. What I really hate about those articles is that it’s all about talking things completely down. Personally I prefer to say that there is something missing. While the focus on EVs defines the future the missing link is the way to earn some money until then. The fact that NEVS are looking for a partner in this field just says it all. The know. And they know what they are doing.
The fact that Kai Johan Jiang moves to Trollhättan may not mean that much, but that he left his as CEO of National Bio Energy is a step that shows he is serious in what he is doing. NEVS is his main project right now. And this, after all, is a very positive thing.
There are a lot of things moving behind the scenes right now and it’s not very satisfying to do those keep calm and carry on posts, but for now there is not more I can do. Still, I do it for a reason as now and then I got a glimpse of what Saab can become. Just give it some time, I am sure there will be more things to surface in the close future and the picture of NEVS will be more accurate. And we will be much more comfortable with it then.