NEVS, Owner Of Saab, To Build EVs At New Chinese Plant

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), the company which brought Saab back from the grave only to kill it, has received approval to begin production electric vehicles at a manufacturing plant in Tianjin, China.

Green Car Congress says that following the Chinese National Development Reform Commission’s (NDRC) approval of NEVS application, the firm becomes the first joint venture company with international investors to be granted such approval.

Construction at NEVS Chinese production facility is already underway and is anticipated to be fully operational by the end of 2017 where it could build up to 200,000 electric vehicles annually.

Speaking of the application approval, chairman of NEVS, Kai Johan Jiang said “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— shape mobility for a more sustainable future.”

It remains unclear if NEVS intends on launching any ground-up electric vehicles anytime soon. In the immediate future, it will focus on building and delivering 150,000 electric Saab 9-3 models by the end of 2020 to Chinese leasing company Panda New Energy.

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  • Rolan Volante

    Should they decide to launch it in Europe as well, they’d better come up with updated and much sleeker design.

    • They will probably start only with 9-3 bodies cheap to make but with the Phoenix platform. The main market is China, first cars were made in Sweden. They want to sale cars every where, but start with were they have clients, orders and can make money. But building cars in China means they might use Sweden factory to build cars for Europe and US market. Using the 9-3 is not a bad Idea, the car basicly already exist and has part available.

  • Random stranger

    Let it rest in peace..

  • Bo Hanan

    Just build the dam cars already… Please!

  • DMJ

    Who cares now?

  • Your title is so wrong. NEVS do not own SAAB it is all the problem. The Saab names belongs to SAAB AB. NEVS has the rights on the 9-3, Phoenix plateform, tools, main factory factory and some pattent and that’s about it. Sure it’s what is left of Saab cars, Saab parts is now Orio (so they can do other brands). NEVS revived the 9-3 under the SAAB name but without the logo belonging to Scannia. Then went came the second failure due to investors not giving the money, Saab AB said no more and refused to let NEVS use the Saab name. Gone then all the chances of ever seeing Saab cars again.

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