A couple of days after the news that NEVS will use its own brand instead of Saab, a number of Saab car enthusiasts were invited to a meeting with NEVS at the Stallbacka plant in Trollhättan. Among others, the chairmen of Svenska Saabklubben and Saab Turbo Club of Sweden were there, with the Saab Car Museum curator. NEVS held a presentation and showed the group around the plant.
A more throughly analysis/editorial from the chairman of Saabklubben will follow here at SaabsUnited soon, but for now we have a Q&A (questions & answers) with NEVS along with a large number of pictures from the meeting. These are questions from us and from the readers of SaabsUnited.
– When will we see the first electric car, NEVS 9-3?
It will be launched in China in 2017. Possible introduction in Sweden and other countries will depend on the demand in China and the available production capacity.
– How is the relationship between NEVS and Saab AB today?
We have a good relationship with Saab AB and we have had several working meetings to discuss and agree on the plan to transit to NEVS.
– Will the cars from NEVS have typical Saab details (key between chairs, nightpanel etc.)?
You will definitely recognize some famous design cues, I would not be surprised if you for instance will see the hockey stick on future cars.
– What is the current status on the Phoenix platform?
The Phoenix platform was originally not intended for pure electric cars. A lot of work has been made to change this, but there’s still much left to do. We expect it to be finished by 2019-2020.
– What is your mobility services about? Give us some examples!
The car of the future will be a service, not a thing. The whole owner structure will change into subscriptions. So the car you drive will depend on your current needs. For city trips, you’ll use a smaller car. When shopping, you’ll have a station wagon. And for vacation trips with the family, you’ll use an SUV.
The cars will be as customizable as smart phones are today, both exterior and interior. You may want a car with an office interior, while someone else wants a car suitable as a movie saloon. The general solutions and restrictions will be a thing of the past. NEVS basically wants to ask the question “What do YOU need?”.
– Will NEVS sell any vehicles from a Chinese company (like New Long Ma) as “NEVS” in the western markets?
Most likely, no. Products from New Long Ma are very different from NEVS products, have a different customer target group and a very different heritage and all this calls for different trademarks.
– When will the factory in China be ready and what will it be used for?
Our Chinese factory will be completely ready within three years. We plan to use this factory for the Chinese market, while using the factory in Trollhättan for the US and European market.
– Is it true that you’re building a development center in China as well?
Yes, it’s true and we already have active engineers in China, to a limited extent. This development center will also be ready within three years. The head office of NEVS will remain in Trollhättan.
– Finally, if you could say one thing to all Saab enthusiasts in the whole world, what would it be?
That we’re now taking our famous history and spirit into the future and that we do that under a trademark that we own and control ourselves. NEVS is the future.
That’s all for the NEVS Q&A this time. Let us know what you think about this and if there are any other questions that you have for NEVS. If there’s enough interest, we may be able to make the NEVS Q&A a reoccurring thing here at SaabsUnited.
Here’s a large number of pictures from the meeting. All pictures were taken by Michèl Annink at NEVS and can not be used elsewhere without his permission. The meeting was held the afternoon just before Swedish midsummer, which explains the lack of people in the plant. Click on a picture for a larger version.