Jiang Dalong On The Panda Deal

Photo by Reuters
Electric 9-3 in NEVS’ Beijing Headquaters – Photo by Reuters

NEVS’ chairman Jiang Dalong spoke to Reuters about the deal with Panda and the future of electric vehicles. While I want to take out a few interesting excerpts you can read the full article here.

“China is going to be the world’s biggest market for electric cars,” Jiang said in an interview in his office in Beijing. “China has no choice. They have to wean themselves from conventional gasoline combustion cars,” he added, describing the recent sharp uptick in air pollution levels in China’s capital as “terrible” and “crazy”.
“Big existing automakers are too big. They cannot stop producing conventional gasoline combustion cars. But we can … switch to new energy cars.”

In general I have to agree with him here. For China it’s of course the issue of air pollution but also, according to some calculations that I read a while ago, if China would reach a car per people ratio that is close to for example Europe, they would need the entire world production of gasoline and diesel to run those cars. So currently the way the Chinese government wants to take is electromobility and it can’t be a fault to be part of it.

The biggest question mark is Chinese economy which seems to be in some difficult times the moment. But given the long term of this investment I would not judge it just from today. China may not grow at a rate like they did in the last decade but they will get back to a path that is solid.

Then it’s about the Panda deal and its financing:

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Freevalve Technology

I am not completely sure if this story is a look outside the box or another story of what could have been. It’s about a technology that is developed by Koenigsegg’s sister company Freevalve. They replace the camshafts in an engine with individually controlled air-operated valve actuators which leads to more power, greater flexibility, better fuel efficiency and lower emissions.

The video is from 2013 but since Koenigsegg mentioned on their facebook page today that it “will come to the mainstream automotive sector soon” I thought it might be worth sharing it. To me this is one of the most fascinating technologies that Koenigsegg is working on, not only because the development car is a 9-5. It also shows us that while the electric car is promoted as the solution for future mobility we have not even optimized the internal combustion engine to the maximum.

Merry Christmas from SaabsUnited

As the year comes nearer to its end I have to admit that 2015 has been one of the more difficult ones in terms of finding things to report due to long periods of silence from Trollhättan. With recent news it seems that more life will return to Stallbacka so there should me more things to talk about. Additionally we will take a look over the fence from time to time and look what other brands are doing, still through the eyes of a Saab fan of course. I hope we can find the right mix to entertain you properly.

But for now and on behalf of all crew members of SaabsUnited I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and to thank you for your ongoing support. We hope you all can take some time off from the daily routine, recharge your batteries and spend some time among your beloved ones.

cardyourcar.eu: Project: Hirsch 19″ 3-Spoke Rims Reproduction

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A while ago we had a set of 19″ 3-spoke Hirsch rims for sale. Not only that this set went quickly, we also realized that a lot of people added themselves to the waitlist. This made us look into the possibilities to make a new batch of those rims while still keeping the price in the region where it always was: Euro 1660 ex VAT (Euro 1975.40 incl 19% VAT).

We are very happy to announce that this project could become reality if we collect enough orders – and given the number that has already joined the waitlist we are rather optimistic.

Here is how it will work:

If you are interested in purchasing a set please add yourself to the waitlist on the product page.

In the week after Christmas you will get an email asking if you are still interested so we can see if the required number of orders is met. If this is the case we will collect a 50% downpayment.

When the rims are ready for delivery we will charge the other remaining 50% plus shipping cost.

To give you an idea of the shipping cost for one set here are some numbers: EU Euro 45, North America Euro 125, Singapore Euro 145

Please keep in mind that we won’t produce too much more than we have orders for so if you want them join in.

Pres Release: NEVS has been chosen by TÜBITAK as its partner for developing a Turkish National Car

TÜBITAK, (the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) which has been assigned to develop “Turkish National Car” and realize this important mission, has chosen National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB, Nevs, as the industrial partner for the project.

The cooperation has started in June 2015 between Nevs and TÜBITAK and future industrial synergies in terms of development and manufacturing shall be generated with this cooperation. In the short term perspective this cooperation shall put Nevs’ assets to work and shall give Turkey quick access to extensive automotive knowledge and experience.

Nevs shall also provide its know-how in the developing of the business plan and establishing of the supply and distribution chains to TÜBITAK.

Together with the new shareholders Tianjin and SRIT, the partner Teamsun as well as the cooperation with Dongfeng Motor, the cooperation with TÜBITAK is an important step in building up Nevs as a strong automotive company with industrial, technological and financial partnerships.

“I am very proud to have this strategic cooperation in place. Turkey will be a long-term partner and we will both gain a lot from this cooperation. With Turkey’s focus on electric vehicles we also see this as an important step towards our vision of shaping mobility for a more sustainable future”, said Mattias Bergman, President of Nevs.

Facts about TÜBITAK

The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, TÜBITAK, is the leading agency for management, funding and conduct of research in Turkey. TÜBITAK was established in 1963 with a mission to advance science and technology, conduct research and support Turkish researchers.

TÜBITAK is an autonomous institution and is governed by a scientific board whose members are selected from prominent scholars from universities, industry and research institutions. TÜBITAK is responsible for promoting, developing, organizing, conducting and coordinating research and development in line with national targets and priorities. Further, TÜBITAK is one of the key institutions involved in the Turkish national car project.

http://www.tubitak.gov.tr/en

Press Release: Nevs supports Turkey in the development of a Turkish national car

Nevs supports Turkey in the development of a Turkish national car – Press conference Friday at 10.00 in Trollhättan.

National Electric vehicle Sweden’s President Mattias Bergman will present the cooperation at a press conference at Nevs:

Time: Friday October 16, 10.00 CET.

Place: National Electric Vehicle Sweden, Saabvägen 5, Trollhättan.

The press conference will be broadcasted: http://saabcars.com/en/live/

A press release will be published at the time of the press conference.

Welcome!

Saab Museum Overschild Closes In September

This is sad news but also an opportunity for collectors since they sell off all the stuff from the museum.

After more than 6 years, we close the Saab museum in Overschild. On Sunday 30 August, the museum is closed due to other commitments. The last time that the museum is open, will be on the weekend of 26 and 27 September. In addition, everything for sale this weekend. All cars, model cars, leaflets, books and other collectibles. Admission is free this weekend.

http://www.saabmuseumoverschild.nl/

http://www.vdlaansaabspecialist.nl/

For more information, please send an email to: [email protected]

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