Hewlett Packard Enterprise was selected by
don't call us SAAB National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) to help accelerate its electric car production.
Time is key factor, as it's already about four years since NEVS was founded in 2012, acquiring SAAB Automobile's assets.
NEVS To Launch 5 Plug-In Electric Vehicles By 2018 (source: SaabBlog.net)
Production of the first new car is scheduled for 2017, and a sales volume agreement from China concerns manufacturing a total of ~270,000 vehicles over a multi-year horizon.
As such, HP will create a global manufacturing IT platform for NEVS that will operate across plants in Sweden and China. Which kinda seems like a process that should have been put in place awhile ago; so once again, we may be dealing with some missed production deadlines in the near future.
Although the partnership with HPE would suggest that NEVS really is gearing up for the EV production, the press release is sparse on any specific details on how that is coming along.
To support production, HPE will deploy proprietary and proven solution templates, based on the company's experience establishing car production plants around the globe. HPE will design, build and operate an integrated end-to-end solution for NEVS' existing manufacturing plant in Trollhättan, Sweden and and new plant in Tianjin, China. The solution spans from IT infrastructure to business processes and is based on SAP HANA in-memory computing and proven SAP automotive solutions, running on HPE technology."
"HPE's solution will replace the majority of NEVS' existing manufacturing application landscape, creating a globally standardized and integrated manufacturing IT platform. This new environment will support a high-volume and highly flexible production capability, which will provide NEVS with the flexibility to adapt their operation to changing market conditions. Prepared for Industrial Internet concepts, the new platform will also give NEVS full control and planning ability of the entire value chain from incoming order to final delivery of a vehicle."
Mattias Bergman, President, NEVS said:
"We are entering a highly competitive and disruptive market, so we need a partner who can both help us accelerate the setup of our electric vehicle production and give us the agility we need to quickly adapt. Hewlett Packard Enterprise had the best-engineered solutions to enable us achieve these goals, and they convinced us with their technology leadership, collaborative approach and proven track record in the automotive industry."
Jan Zadak, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Services EMEA, Hewlett Packard Enterprise said:
"NEVS is one of the most exciting undertakings in the industry, leading a proud heritage of traditional car manufacturing directly to the new world of connected mobility -- and we are proud to be part of that journey. Working closely with NEVS, HPE will lay the foundation for a production environment which accelerates the time it takes to go from idea to value."