National Electric Vehicle Sweden presented in Trollhättan a prototype EV based on the Saab 9-3.
The prototype is a modified Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan; the batteries are placed under the floor, keeping the full interior space as well as the luggage compartment intact, stated National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), making the vehicle as practical as a regular Saab 9-3.
These prototype, said NEVS, have been produced to enhance the understanding of EVs and their production within the company as well as serve as a reference for specification of future production models.
NEVS added the driving-experience is preserved in the EV prototype, helped by its low center of gravity and a 50/50 weight distribution.
“We are happy to present the result of NEVS engineering into a real Saab EV product”, said Stig Nodin, Vice President Engineering and Product Development. “The Saab cars’ well-known performance and safety is maintained and we foresee a very good product for the market. When we developed the Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan Model Year 14, we focused on enhancing the driving experience, safety and quality. And the starting point for our development of the Electric Vehicle project was to maintain all the good attributes and characteristics.”
The car shown in Trollhättan yesterday is one of a first prototype series of cars and was produced in the Trollhättan plant in May, said NEVS.
The car is equipped with lithium-ion batteries from Beijing National Battery Technology, a company within the Chinese group of green tech companies owned by Kai Johan Jiang’s company National Modern Energy Holdings Ltd. NEVS did not specify the size of the batteries, but did say the electric motor is a 100 kilowatt unit.
The range for this prototype series of cars has been stated by NEVS at approximately 125 miles, with a 0-60 mph sprint taking 10 seconds and maximum speed of 75 mph.
The next steps with these prototypes is to be used as a test bench for technical development and to verify the manufacturing setup for series production.
Interestingly, NEVS released information about these prototypes a week after having to send out a press release to reassure the business community that while it is having financial challenges, it is not going bankrupt. Following is the content of the August 13 release:
Nevs hereby clarify that the company is not insolvent. The company does not have enough liquid cash as today to pay all outstanding debt but Nevs’ assets are larger than its debt. Nevs today cannot say exactly when, but Nevs’ suppliers will get paid.
During the summer, the dialogues with the two major vehicle manufacturers have continued and developed in a positive direction. It is a thorough evaluation process that is still ongoing, and the discussions have not been finalized yet.
After the funding is secured, and that Nevs business plan is updated together with its new partners, Nevs will be able to make the decision on when the Trollhattan factory can resume its production.
The company whose representative filed a bankruptcy petition has informed Nevs today that they will withdraw the case after the information they have got regarding the ongoing dialogues.
The jury is still out as to whether NEVS will manage to produce and sell Saab EVs.