Saab’s new owner, NEVS will release electric Saab cars, since they have recently managed to get approval to start to building electric cars at their factory in the city of Tianjin in China. The approval was given by the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
Kai Johan Jiang, President of NEVS said:
I am very grateful for the approval that we got for the production of electric vehicles. This is an important milestone for NEVS, based on the 70 year history of Saab. This means that we can take the next step for the realization of our vision for a more sustainable future.
The plant is expected to be ready later this year and to start its operation at the end of 2017, with its production capacity being 200,000 electric cars annually. The electric car industry is growing rapidly in China and NEVS plans to develop new electric vehicles and mobility services worldwide, with China being the first and most demanding market for the years to come. The company’s immediate plans are to deliver the first 150,000 electric Saab 9-3 to Panda New Energy, a company that provides electric vehicles through leasing.