National Electric Vehicle Sweden Teams With Renesas To Bring Plug-In Cars Into Chinese Market

2 years ago by Mark Kane 6

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Inside The Saab 9-3 EV Prototype

Inside The Saab 9-3 EV Prototype

The NEVS (SAAB) saga continues with another announcement – this time it’s a partnership with Renesas Electronics (related to NEC) to develop New Energy Vehicles for China.

Of note:  Earlier today NEVs also announced a deal* to supply 150,000 9-3 EVs to Panda New Energy by the end of 2020 (full details)

Several months ago, National Electric Vehicle Sweden celebrated a ground breaking ceremony for production and R&D in Tianjin, China.

Details about cooperation with Renesas and electric cars to be launched in China are scarce, although the booming Chinese market can absorb all kinds of EVs, so NEVS still has a chance.

“Nevs has joined a strategic cooperation with Renesas Electronics – a world leading microcontroller and automotive semiconductor solution provider. Based on Nevs’ EV-optimized automotive architecture and Renesas Electronics’ mature technology system, the two parties will develop system solutions tailor-made for new energy vehicles.”

NEVS Vice Chairman and Group Executive DirectorStefan Tilk said:

“Nevs has a long-term commitment to the Chinese market and we are dedicated to work with partners who share our vision of shaping mobility for a more sustainable future. We highly value Renesas Electronics’ experience in developing systems for new energy vehicles and their efforts in environmental and innovation solutions.”

About Renesas Electronics:

“Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), a world leading supplier of microcontrollers, is a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions including microcontrollers, SoC solutions and a broad range of analog and power devices. Business operations began as Renesas Electronics in April 2010 through the integration of NEC Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723) and Renesas Technology Corp., with operations spanning research, development, design and manufacturing for a wide range of applications. Headquartered in Japan, Renesas Electronics has subsidiaries in approximately 20 countries worldwide.”

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6 responses to "National Electric Vehicle Sweden Teams With Renesas To Bring Plug-In Cars Into Chinese Market"

  1. Epicurus says:

    So Saab will be resurrected as an EV manufacturer. Fantastic. I thought it was gone. The 9-3 is a nice looking car.

  2. SJC says:

    Great idea, Subaru, Mazda, Suzuki and others could make EVs but don’t./

  3. goodbyegascar says:

    If Saab were to sell its electric cars in the US, they would have an instant following.

  4. PVH says:

    Its probably good knews that China seems willing to lead the car electrification process as I doubt that either US or Europe will be able to manufacture EV’s at prices which would attract more that the usual 1-2% before many years.

  5. wavelet says:

    Given that
    — Saab went bankrupt in 2011;
    — NEVS (which despite the name, is a Chinese conglomerate, not a Swedish company) who bought them actually went bankrupt itself in Aug. of last year;
    — They don’t currently have rights to use the Saab name or logo on whatever cars they produce;

    The whole thing smells like iffy PR-ware; the plan to design an build an electric 09-3 conversion isn’t new (cars were supposed to be on the road in 2014).

    See:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saab_Automobile#National_Electric_Vehicle_Sweden_.282012.E2.80.93present.29

    I also doubt the Saab name will have the value that the Chinese company hopes — it wasn’t a magic bullet for SAIC when they acquired the MG brand name.

  6. SJC says:

    Despite all the negativity, I think the 9-3 EV would be a great car for the U.S. EVs need a bit of pizazz and sportiness.