CES Asia is about to start

And the preparations at the NEVS booth are going forward.

Opportunities in motion in the making! Tomorrow we'll reveal the future of mobility. Keep an eye out for more updates! #NEVS #OpportunitiesInMotion #cesasia

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NEVS will be together with BMW, Volvo, Honda , Hyunday and Merceds-Benz in the same hall.

Tomorrow will be a stressful day, but I’ll try to publish things as they happen.

Another day, another picture of the NEVS 9-3 EV and snippets from the Swedish press

Yesterday some pictures of the exterior of the real cars were posted by NEVS on their weChat channel. Today NEVS have posted again, this time a video with a Chinese man talking in the background. Pictures of heavy traffic and pollution.

Then a title is shown reading “NEW VEHICLE”. (The titles are shown in Chinese and english. After that you can see an exterior view of the NEVS 9-3 X and what it looks like a mock-up of the interior (as the A-pillars are missing).

Dashboard NEVS 9-3 EV. Credits: NEVS

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NEVS 9-3 and 9-3X first impressions

Today NEVS has published pictures of the first EV by NEVS the 9-3, and a second car, a 9-3X which is an electric version of the old 9-3X. So let me share with you my first impressions on those cars.

NEVS 9-3 EV sedan

Photo Credits: NEVS

One or two weeks ago somebody asked me, what makes currently a car modern and why could a NEVS 9-3 feel dated. I don’t say look dated as the design of the 9-3 still looks modern and fresh even compared with newer cars.

Cars haven’t changed much in the last 20 years, they are lighter have changed the lightning technology used and have some kind of connectivity with the net and allow to interact with the car via your smartphone. There have been also some changes in the drivetrain, but it is of no relevance in this case, and some more expensive cars have some kind of active dampers for a better ride or a change of the riding feel depending on the mood of the driver.

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This time is for real, at least regarding their media activities [Update]

It looks like we will at last see the presentation of a new car by NEVS. Yes it will be at CES Asia on June 7 in Shanghai.

First Chinese Car news outlets have begun to write small posts about it, but they seem to have missed a couple of things.

Regarding the looks of the car they point at a rather old picture of the 9-3 at the time they had to stop using the SAAB emblems. That was a rather ugly front grille and made the car rather ugly.

Photo by Reuters

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We are NEVS, and other things going on at NEVS.

There has been more going on at NEVS than usual in the last months. At the end of February they announced their framework agreement with CATL regarding Battery supply, which seems to be a big deal as CTL has managed to increase their production capacities just to be second behind Tesla/Panasonic and leaving behind LG-Chem or Samsug SDI. I talked too NEVS, and that meant that the battery package had to be slightly reengineered, but all in all it was a good thing for NEVS. As a side note, CATL is since January owner of 22% of the shares of Valmet Automotive in Uusikaupunki. Yes, the Automotive world is quite small.

Last week NEVS announced its cooperation with ICONIQ, another e-Car brand from China. It looks like having an e-Car production license in China is not that bad. NEVS will produce the ICONIQ Seven, a Luxury Battery-Electric-MPV, that has been developed in Austria by Magna, designed in Italy by Studiotorino and has financial backing from the Arab Emirates by W Motors (the makers of the Lykan,the first Arab Supercar). The ICONIQ seven will be produced in the Tianjin factory starting from 2019 side by side with the NEVS 9-3. So it looks like at least one production facility from NEVS won’t stay idle.

On a side note, NEVS seems to now be willing to develop further cars on the Phoenix 1.0 platform (9-3) till 2020 when the first phoenix 3.0 will be launched. We’ll see!

But I wanted to talk about something different.

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