Since purchasing the assets of bankrupt Swedish automaker Saab, NEVS has maintained that its intentions are to revive the brand and eventually launch a range of new electric cars under it. Last December, NEVS managed to restart production of the 9-3 sedan
at Saab’s plant in Trollhättan, Sweden, although the first examples to come off the line were all fitted with internal combustion engines.
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
also reports that NEVS will start selling electric 9-3s in 2015. Currently, the cars have a driving range of only 20 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._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.