Published on September 13th, 2012 | by Anneli Hidalgo0
New Saab EV to target China market
The buyers of bankrupt Swedish carmaker Saab will launch an electric car aimed at the Chinese market.
The model is the first since the brand was bought by the Chinese-Japanese joint venture National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), which announced that the new model will be ready for sale in 2014. The Saab brand will be used, however, not the logo for which the joint venture did not obtain the rights. The new Saabs are said to be aimed primarily towards the Chinese market.
“The efforts to implement our business plan can now be multiplied, focused on the development of a world-class electric vehicle in Trollhättan. In approximately 18 months, we plan to introduce our first electric vehicle based on Saab 9-3 technologies and a new-technology electric powertrain,” said Karl-Erling Trogen, National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB chairman in a statement.
Earlier this month, NEVS announced that the purchase of Saab Automobile bankruptcy estates was finalized. The acquisition includes IP rights for the Saab 9-3, IP rights for the Phoenix platform, tools, the manufacturing plant and test and laboratory facilities. Furthermore, the acquisition comprises all outstanding shares in the property company which owned the Saab facilities in Trollhättan. The purchase amount will not be disclosed, as well as what the new logo will look like.
(bilden från senaste Cleantech – från Industry news – på saab-bilen)