Stories about the end of the world seem to be pretty addictive for humans in general. Just like it was read out of Nostradamus’ writings before, some clever people interpreted the Maya calendar in a way that on the 21st of December this year the end of the world will be there. Funny enough, those who are really involved, the direct descendants of the Maya, get slightly upset because that date does not represent the end – on the contrary, it marks the beginning of the next calendar period to fulfill the old saying that in every end there is a new beginning.
I feel like that can be transferred to what in some corners of the internet is said about Saab. We know very little about the plans NEVS has, which is no surprise at all. They are in the process of setting things up again and at least to me it is no surprise that they do not want to make all plans on their future portfolio public. Honestly, when do you get to know all the details about other manufacturer’s new models? At the launch or maybe a few days before. So then why should NEVS then come up with full specs of something that is not even in road tests today?
As I already stated some time before a business plan, especially at start ups, is more like a rough route used to set aims and calculate financing than a completely accurate drawind of how every day in the company is used. So I feel that it is wise not to make it too public. With SWAN especially the Swedish press has proven that they will jump on every detail that is changed and make the change look negative. Why would you expose yourself to that.
Another point that is highly criticized is the fact that part of the engineerng is coming from Japan and China. To my best knowledge this refers to battery and electric drivetrain technology that is acquired where the best tech is available at the moment. I can see absolutely no need to develop something that is already available from a contractor. It would only cost money that can be spend better on other fields. When the current 9-3 was introduced Saab got to know what it does to profit if you try to develop every screw by yourself. No need to make that mistake again.
I won’t go into every little negative point that was mentioned somewhere, it would exceed my patience and lead nowhere at all. But in the end the personal judgement of NEVS is at this point in time highly dependent on everybody’s subjective feelings. Which is clear because there is just not enough hard facts available. But instead of turning that into something negative I’d prefer people to be more neutral and open.
I can see the NEVS route and get their idea behind it, I can even see the opportunities of making this a great business. Of course I am not convinced that the electric path is the only way to go in the future but it is a part of what is needed to sustain personal mobility.
The Saab we knew may be gone but Saab is not dead. NEVS in a way follow the Saab quest for cutting edge technology. Turbo engines used to be a unique Saab feature, this uniqueness was watered dramatically through the general downsizing of engines. The quest for a new unique selling point is under way. There is no point to judge NEVS now. Wait for their first product to hit the market. Judge then.