After it was bought by Chinese-Swedish company National Electric Vehicles Sweden, Saab began recovering its fortune slightly and started rebuilding the rather old 9-3 model.
Now, the NEVS parent has green lit the initial production of the electric variant of the 9-3 model, which has began trial based manufacturing of the 9-3 Aero electric sedan. The factory is currently in the process of making an initial 200 units batch of cars – set to be tested the Chinese state of Qingdao during these following months.
If the initial trials conclude positively, the NEVS company will begin series manufacturing of the model this fall, with the model expected to hit Swedish dealers sometimes in the first quarter of 2015 – if all goes as planned.
While since December 2013 NEVS started building at Saab’s Trollhättan plant the Saab 9-3 Aero turbocharged 216 hp version for Chinese customers, the model can also be purchased in Sweden through the company website.The Chinese-Swedish company took then defunct Saab from niche carmaker Spyker in June 2013, after it was acquired by the latter from General Motors in 2010.
For now, the electric version of the 9-3 has a rather limited range – of roughly 200 kilometers/124 miles – but the company promises further development as the battery technology progresses.