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Interview: Saab Talks 9-3

Saab’s back! Well, not yet, but they made the last year when the remains of the once proud marque where purchased by Electric Vehicles Sweden which is in turn owned by National Modern Energy NME Holdings sounds like a made-up name (a place Wile E. Coyote might but it’s a real live as they are also the majority of State Power Group, a clean energy company in When the sale was made, the was to release an electric version of the 9-3 in months.

We’re about along that timeline, so we sat (virtually, on two different continents) Saab Public Relations Mikael Östlund to discuss they are. We’ve got it all on (8-track, actually) and it runs to thirty minutes, but here’s the

The factory in Trollhättan (along the skilled workforce and supply network) was one of the main reasons NME purchased Saab, as starting scratch was more costly. 200 people in Trollhättan (

130 NEVs plus consultants, many Saab engineers) are currently and more are expected to be hired as begins. It’s impossible to say most of the former employees be re-hired as it depends upon demand

Saab has purchased the intellectual rights for the entire 9-3 line sedan, convertible, wagon, and They have not announced body style their electric vehicle will be. In any NEVS expects that 80% of the of the gas-engined 9-3 will be re-used in the 9-3.

There may be minor but NEVS hopes to leverage the design as much as possible.

The 9-5 and 9-4 too big for conversion to electric. Additionally, the IP to those vehicles still to General Motors.

Saab is at the feasibility of re-releasing a gas-engined The motors of the last 9-3s GM motors, so Saab if will to source a motor from GM or else to make this

Battery technology will from Japan and will be by a sister company Beijing Battery Technology. Current of the battery that will be in the Saab are Li-Ion and rated at

NEVs has reached an agreement the Chinese city of Qingdao to be the of entry for Saabs built in and sold to the Chinese market. once Trollhättan reaches a Saab plant will be in Qingdao to serve the Chinese The City of Qingdao (via the Qinbo Investment Co.

Ltd.) is a 22 percent stakeholder in

While Saab is studying the of re-releasing the gas-engined 9-3, but is secondary in importance to the electric There are no current plans to a hybrid.

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Saab’s goal is to be a brand again, but their focus will be on the Chinese as the Chinese government is moving to address pollution issues, see vehicles as part of that and are developing the charge point to spur growth. Fleet to companies and governments (see above) will be a large part of the growth strategy. Östlund mentioned the importance of the US market to plans.

Saab wants to re-establish as a premium brand, but not at the luxury like Tesla or Fisker. In Saab wants to be a viable for the growing middle class.

has reached out to former Saab letting them know they are planning an electric They have not finalized go to market strategy and thus not entered into formal with any dealers.

NEVS purchased the IP rights to the PhoeniX for future vehicles.

The full interview (around 30 minutes) is below. Worth a listen if you are a Saab fan.

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