As we already know NEVS are currently contacting suppliers to examine the chance to restart production of the current 9-3 model at the end of this summer. It seems like P4 Väst have gotten hold of a one of this letters that were sent to suppliers. It gives us a bit more insight in the actual plans that NEVS has.
- Nevs investigating earlier opportunity to pull the time back production of the current version of the Saab 9-3 as a conventional car, then driven by petrol or diesel engine.
The letter shows that NEVS aim to have a production volume of 20,000 vehicles during the year, starting week 34.
The letter shows that NEVS aim to have a production rate of 20.000 cars in 2013, and if they manage to start production in week 34, they would have a production volume of about 8000 cars.
And further on:
- “The rate of production is estimated to increase to 60 000 and a full shift at the beginning of 2014.” writes NEVS.
Main condition for the mentioned production start and those numbers is of course that the suppliers play ball but I feel those are rather realistic, not overly optimistic figures. For 2015 they hope to add a second shift and reach a production of 120.000 units.
What is also interesting are the models they plan to build:
- According to the company, the first modelsto be built will be the 9-3 Convertible and 9-3 Sedan. The 9-3 X will be added at the end of 2013 and the electric version of the 9-3 in 2014 – if all goes as planned.
According to what I and obviously also P4 have heared from NEVS the suppliers mostly reacted positively though there are of course lots of negotiations nessesary to get this all together. A core point is that basically all former suppliers are needed to build the cars. If on or another does not want to join in or does not exist anymore the void can of course be filled with other companies but it may take more time.
We’ll have to wait and see but I am getting even more optimistic with what comes to the surface recently.