Saab 9-3 is still alive – NEVS can produce EVs in China image

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) is relentless – while facing time and time again diverse hurdles – it has decided to still try and build a car on the backbone of the famed Saab brand.

NEVS has lost the right to use the Saab name a while back, but has recently acquired the stamp of approval from the Chinese National Development Reform Commission (NDRC) to build electric cars in Tianjin. The plant is still under construction, but it should become fully operational by the end of the year, with a maximum production capacity of 200,000 units per year. “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 – to shape mobility for a more sustainable future,” commented NEVS chairman Kai Johan Jiang.

No less than 150,000 9-3 electric sedans will need to be delivered to Panda New Energy, thanks to a huge $12-billion deal that was signed back in December 2015. Of course, while the sedans are pure electric 9-3 models, the Saab griffin logo will not be seen anywhere, but we do know they will need to showcase the production ready 9-3 EV sometimes this year before production kicks off.