Saab successor company National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) has started serial production of the 9-3 EV in China. As reported, the model is basically the former Saab 9-3 with an electric drivetrain.
It rolls off the lines in a factory in Tianjin that is said to have an initial production capacity of 50,000 units per year. Later on, NEVS intends to increase the plant’s output towards up to 220,000 cars.
The new model is just the beginning. Together with Uber rival Didi, NEVS is currently also developing EVs in China and Sweden. Their aim is to create a vehicle that exactly fits Didi’s ride sharing service. Recently, both companies and GEICO (Global Energy Interconnectivity Corporation) also established a joint venture called GNEVS (Global New Energy Vehicle Service Company) that is in charge of services and the related infrastructure for the growing number of EVs.