The NEVS 9-3 EV Stands Up to Extreme Conditions
The National Electric Vehicle Sweden’s new sedan might not carry the Saab name, but it’s manufactured in the Saab factory in Trollhattan, largely out of Saab parts, and a recent winter test drive in north Sweden proves the NEVS 9-3 EV upholds the Saab tradition of rugged quality.
The NEVS team tested the new electric sedan for handling, vehicle comfort, and motion and came away pleased with the results. This winter testing comes hot on the tails of the news that NEVS secured a battery supply from the Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited (CATL), the leading supplier of energy storage solutions in China. Located in Ningde, Fujian, CATL focuses on the development of li-on batteries for electric cars. They were awarded the Annual China Energy Storage Industry’s most influential Enterprises in 2015. They’re a market leader in batteries for electric vehicles, and employ over 10,000 employees worldwide. CATL has already begun to deliver the first order of 100,000 vehicles for NEVS, with the next wave of 150,000 rolling out from the factory in 2018.
We previously reported on the development of a new Saab 9-3 in February. Sadly, NEVS was denied the rights to use the Saab name after buying the bankrupt manufacturer in 2012. The trademark is owned by Saab AB, a Swedish aerospace company, and while images of the NEVS 9-3 EV were originally leaked featuring the Saab name and a modified version of the griffin logo, Sebastian Carlsson, a spokesman for Saab AB, told Automotive News Europe that “We have revoked [NEVS]’ right to use the brand name.” Saab AB says that the matter of NEVS’ use of the brand’s name is no longer under discussion.
Instead, NEVS owner Kai Johan Jiang told Sweden’s public broadcaster Sveriges Radio that they plan to release the NEVS 9-3 EV under a new name more suited to the Chinese market.