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

DEC 17 2015 BY MARK KANE 6

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

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

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

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

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.

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).


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.

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.