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According to a new report, NEVS has now started production of Saab 9-3s powered by electric drivetrains. Sweden’s Sveriges Radio (via Auto Motor and Sport) is reporting that the first 200 electric 9-3s will be shipped out to China to take part in a government trial in the city of Qingdao. You may recall that Qingdao, located in China’s Shandong province, is a key investor in NEVS.
Sveriges Radio also reports that NEVS will start selling electric 9-3s in 2015. Currently, the cars have a driving range of approximately 120 miles but NEVS is said to be looking to improve its battery technology over the remainder of the year. NEVS also owns a battery plant in China.
Saabs produced by NEVS are being sold in Sweden only for the moment. Later this year exports to China will commence and eventually NEVS has plans to turn Saab into a global brand once more. Future Saab models will ride on the new Phoenix platform, which was developed prior to Saab’s bankruptcy and now owned by NEVS.