NEVS To Launch 5 Plug-In Electric Vehicles By 2018

JAN 5 2016 BY MARK KANE 23

Future Of The SAAB 9-3 EV Now In Question As 200 Workers Laid Off

Pilot production of the SAAB 9-3 By NEVs

NEVS (National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB), the company which for a few years has been trying to resurrect SAAB, is now bettting on New Energy Vehicles (all-electric or plug-in hybrids).

Key market for NEVS is China where they are building a manufacturing facility and gathering strategic partners (see news about 150,000 cars EVs for Panda New Energy).

According to an extensive post on the, SAAB, under NEVS, could launch five new EV models – including its first in 2017 and four more in 2018.

Five models by 2018 for a small company sounds bold and we would perhaps expect such a statement from GM or Volkswagen, but not NEVS. On the other hand, the  Chinese market is unfathomable.

The first model will be all-electric and based on the “heavily upgraded” SAAB 9-3. Pilot production run of this EV was already done some times ago, but NEVS then had to do step back and look for new investors.

The 2017 SAAB 9-3 BEV is to be offered in China and Sweden (cars will be produced in Trollhättan prior to final assembly in Tianjin, China).

Other potential models listed by NEVS are:

  • compact SUV
  • midsize SUV
  • midsize fastback
  • midsize crossover


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Why do _all_ concept cars have ridiculously oversized wheels? Seriously, what’s up with that?

Why do all cartoons have big eyes?

That was my first thought too when looking at their cartoon car depictions. Ridiculous. The whole trend of ever-diminishing sidewall height is beyond me. I like practical vehicles… after all it is a tool for getting around, not a sculpture to sit on my mantle!

I guess some people think they’re cool-looking. I’m not one of them, either.


It’s odd that article doesn’t mention the term “Bambi eyes”, a popular meme in Anime.

I don’t know about concept cars but as far as EVs go (and other vehicles that want to be as efficient as possible) you might be able to argue that a larger wheel achieves better aerodynamics (as in a lower CdA) due to it being able to have a narrower width for the same suspension performance. The downside is a greater angular speed reduction requirement between motor and wheel but this is not a big deal. MW

it’s a fad, and they pander to it

A BEV 9-3 and 4 variations of the same Crossover platform with very little deviation.

Really two vehicles.

With Dongfeng backing they have a real chance at a revival.

To have a chance in North America they need the SAAB brand. Apparently, they are in dispute/negotiations with SAAB AB the aerospace company about the rights to the brand in the automotive sector.


It will be nice to see the local Saab dealer

1). Have something new to sell and stay in business.

2). Have more than one vehicle that you can plug in.

With who’s money ?


This is all just noise so far, until they prove.
NEVS is legally bankrupt, as of a few months ago. It also lost its previous right to use the Saab name.
The PHEV plans are warmed over — the same ones they announced in 2012.
They’re one more Chinese company that think that using a once-proud European brand name will magically make their business, and it doesn’t work that way.

Bankrupt? Where are you getting that information from? NEVS has succesfully completed a reorganization early 2015, with new owners on-board, massive financing agreements, technology partnerships and strategic collaborations announced, incl. a 100 billion SEK deal to supply electric corporate sedans.

Totally insane and unrealistic szenario to bring out in the next 24 months, because in the past 24 month they where even not able to make a few 9-3 based prototypes to heat up the press and potential customers or any detailed spec.

The szenario will be like this unfortunately:
After 500 produced Saab 9-3 EV by 2017 with 120 miles of range, we will hear nothing of them, because Panda will stop or switch to another like BYD.

Come on, if it didn’t find ever more creative ways to die and resurrect itself, it wouldn’t be the Saab we love.

compact SUV
midsize SUV
midsize fastback
midsize crossover

So, a bunch of body styles that GM should be sticking Voltec into.

Oh, dear. Now the acronym “NEV”, or “NEVS”, has three meanings in the field of EVs:

Neighborhood Electric Vehicle
New Energy Vehicle
National Electric Vehicle Sweden

Confusion reigns!

“Pilot production run of this EV was already done some times ago, but NEVS then had to do step back and look for new investors.”

To my knowledge there has never been a production run of EVs from Saab/NEVS. Only EV prototypes they rolled out were to try and impress the press. Maybe you were instead thinking of their short run of ICE 9-3s under NEVS’ tutelage?

So, no estate then?

I think NEVS is in with a good chance of succeeding and it would be nice to see the brand live on, especially as a technologically advanced motor vehicle. Would I be willing to invest in it? Not quite yet… MW

I see you have edited my post. Why? Didn’t like the little inconvenient truth? This has been my favorite EV site but these actions are uncalled for and rather sickening.

The article needs corrected. Your caption of the 9-3 is also wrong. That is an ICE 9-3 not an EV.

/fixed…thanks Saabluster