I thought it would be somewhere else !!

On my last post, I wrote about the new head of communication, Fredirk Fryklund, not being in Trollhättan during the Saab Car Museum Festival on the second weekend in June. So, why can I say so?

During the last weeks the guy in charge of the social media accounts at NEVS has been repeating that they soon will show to the public what they have been working on.

nevsofficial Sharing a photo from the Swedish Minister of Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg @sverigesregering who paid NEVS a visit today. He got a tour of our test labs as well as a sneak-peak of what’s coming next… Don’t worry, we’ll share with the rest of you soon too.

From NEVS’ official instagram account.

I talked to somebody with a little bit more insight at NEVS, and he thought about the Auto Shanghai 2017, which will start on Friday, and media days are already ongoing, but after going through the floor plans, I wasn’t able to see NEVS anywhere.

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Change in the management team at NEVS

Change in the management team of NEVS – New head of Communication & Public Affairs

Mikael Östlund will move on to a new assignment, as head of communication for The Swedish Association of Industrial Employers, leaving his position as NEVS’ Vice President Communication & Public Affairs.

Fredrik Fryklund is the new head of Communication & Public Affairs, and he will start his position at NEVS on May 2.

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Will we see e-cars from Trollhättan earlier than expected?

Yesterday one interesting article appeared on the regional site P4 Vest of the Swedish radio corporation.

It is known that Tesla is searching for a production facility in Europe to achieve their production targets of 500.000 cars in 2018.

Different countries seem to be in the list, Spain because of the Sun, the Netherlands, because Tesla has already an assembly facility there or Germany, because Tesla has lately agreed to buy a German manufacturing specialist.

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NEVS receives electric vehicle production license in China

The next step for NEVS to become a car manufacturer is done. NEVS has announced today with a press release that they have got one of those 10 precious production licenses for EVs in China.


The Chinese government has today approved NEVS’ application to start production of electric vehicles in its manufacturing plant in Tianjin.

– I am very grateful for the approval we now have received for the electric vehicle production license. It is an extremely important milestone for NEVS, which is based on 70 years of Saab long history. It means that we can take the next step to realize our vision – to shape mobility for a more sustainable future, says Kai Johan Jiang, chairman of NEVS.

The electric vehicle production license approved by the Chinese National Development Reform Commission (NDRC) is required in order to manufacture electric vehicles in China. NEVS is the first joint venture company with investors from outside China that is granted a New Energy Passenger Vehicle Project investment approval by NDRC.

NEVS’ manufacturing plant in Tianjin is under construction and planned to be up and running at the end of 2017, with the capacity of 200 000 electric passenger vehicles yearly.

The electric car industry is growing rapidly in China. NEVS plan is to develop a product portfolio of electric vehicles and mobility services globally, with China as the first and most demanding market for the coming years. The immediate plan is to deliver 150 000 9-3 Sedan electric vehicles to the partner Panda New Energy, a new energy vehicle leasing company in China.

After some talks with NEVS I’ve been told that we will see the NEVS 9-3 this year, but that production won’t start till the factory in Tianjin is ready, which is expected in the second half of the year.

In the mean time, the trials on the SAAB case have started in Sweden, but I’m sorry I don’t think that I could via ‘googletranslate’ give a correct version of whats happening.

Positive vibes about Nevs in Dagens Industri

di_rgb_400x400The Swedish financial newspaper Dagens Industri (the Daily Industry) have today posted two positive and interesting articles on the car company from Trollhättan now known as Nevs. Considering how Saab was treated by Swedish media many times, this is really nice to see.

The first article “Planen som ska få Nevs på rull” (the plan that will get Nevs rolling) starts out explaining that the Saab branding on the Stallbacka plant is gone and the production has stopped, with another negative fiscal year to be expected for Nevs.

DI asks “how can Nevs employ 900 people and keep growing?”.

Today Nevs has 900 employees in Trollhättan, with 230 consultants as well. They’re still recruiting more people, mainly engineers within electronics and software. This year the personell cost is expected to reach 500 million SEK ($56 million USD) and it’s all currently funded by the owners of Nevs.

The new factory in Tianjin, China will be ready next year. In order to get the necessary license for EV car production in China, it will be a complete car plant. This factory will produce the Nevs 9-3, based on the Saab NG9-3. The Stallbacka plant will support the Chinese factory and the next generation of Nevs EV cars for Europe will be built in Trollhättan.

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Saab enthusiast meeting at NEVS (with Q&A)

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.

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Saabklubben chairman Karl Ask with Jonas Hernqvist, Sales & Marketing at NEVS.

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.

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Tidbits on NEVS from TTELA

TTELA recently posted an interesting article that sheds some light on the development work and progress of NEVS and their new electric cars. In “Här skapas Nevs nya bilmodeller” (Here the new car models of Nevs are created), TTELA got access to three out of four development rooms at the Stallbacka plant.

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NEVS main entrance at the Stallbacka plant in Trollhättan. Picture: Michèl Annink

According to Frank Smit, project manager at NEVS, the whole company is involved in their projects, with 8 people being responsible for different main areas. They work with a large number of engineers in Trollhättan, while close to 80 people are working simultaneously in China (among other things with the new plant there).

As mentioned, they didn’t get access to one particular development room. That room might contain a new Phoenix based electric car.

One of the current projects at NEVS is the development of the third generation NEVS 9-3. “We are working on a new battery and a new electric engine”, Frank Smit says. Even though these cars are based on the Saab 9-3 from 2002, they have basically been built from scratch. There are about 30 NEVS 9-3 in existance in Trollhättan right now and approx. 10 NEVS 9-3 in China.

They also discuss transportation of the cars from Trollhättan to China, where NEVS claim that the Trans-Siberian railway is faster than transport by boat. Tests of the train rails in the Stallbacka plant has therefore recently been made.

Finally, there’s a clock counting down above one of the doors to the development rooms. It’s marked “Time Remaining” and at the time of TTELA’s visit (last Saturday), it was at 334 days. This is most likely a count down for the first car in China. According to Frank Smit this will happen in the second half of 2017.

Be sure to check out the article at TTELA for more pictures from their visit!

A few trademark thoughts (or a crazy idea?)

As you all probability has seen will Nevs from now on use the Nevs trademark on their products. If Nevs would use “Saab” trademark or something else has been discussed here at SU for a long time,  and now we got the answer. For me personally I would say it’s sad the Saab trademark now officially is history, but this scenario isn’t something that was absolutely unexpected. I would like to wish Nevs all the best with the new trademark,  but there is a question I guess many Saab-enthusiasts will raise now.

Saturday 6th was the National day of Sweden, so I found a Swedish flag and drove my T16 down to the Stallbacka factory for some photos.
Saturday 6th is the National day of Sweden, so I found a Swedish flag and drove my T16 down to the Stallbacka factory for some photos.

What will happen with the big Saab signs that’s placed around on the factory site?

The obvious answer is of course that Nevs will remove them –  it’s simply no need for them now,  when Nevs is the new trademark.

I know this signs have been a very popular photo location for us fans,  and for many this had been the highlight at the visit to the factory area at Stallbacka. I also noticed in social media that many people in the Trollhättan area used the day today just to secure a picture of their car in front of the big Saab sign at Stallbacka.
With the Saab signs down at Stallbacka, and at the ANA dealership building there nowadays are signs for a German brand, so that we have left of the three popular “Saab-destinations” in Trollhättan that the average Saab tourist visited is the Saab Car Museum.
In the future I’m sure the museum will be more and more important for us Saabnuts, and the absolute obvious place to visit if you visit Trollhättan, so I have a crazy idea.
I don’t know if this is something that’s possible to realize,  but why not take one of the big Saab signs you see when you enter the Saab factory area at Stallbacka and place it on the museum area (or if that’s impossible –  take one of the other big signs that is mounted on the buildings and mount it on a wall outside the museum), preferably so future Saabnuts can take a picture with this sign in the background.
Again, I must precise that it’s just a idea,  but I hope Nevs and Saab Car Museum notices this idea and have a look at if it’s possible to do this for us nostalgic(??)  fans…

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