NEVS presents new (Saab) 9-3 Series Concept in China

Article by Christian A., on June 5, 2017

NEVS has recently released photos of its updated 9-3 Series, and guess what? It is now powered by an all-electric powertrain, which means that it’s another candidate to look out for in the EV segment.

National Electric Vehicle Sweden or NEVS, in collaboration with Tianjin Binhai Hi-tech Industrial Development Area, recently announced the launching of its new car-sharing and ride hailing program which will be run in Tianjin, a Chinese metropolis with an estimated 15 million population. The program will allow customers to access this new lineup of 9-3 EV series, providing both the vehicle as well as the mobility services (delivery of the vehicle).

The Swiss company is also planning to release two other models which include the classic four-door saloon and a jacked-up wagon version, the 9-3X EV.

Though the powertrain details have not been released, NEVS claims that its 9-3 Series has a 186-mile (300-kilometer) range from full charge. Also, there are reports that the new models will come with high-tech features including a WiFi hotspot, over-the-air software updates, and a battery management accessible using a smartphone.

Moreover, as an electric vehicle, one would expect that the 9-3 Series will help in reducing carbon emissions and promote sustainable driving. As such, the new NEVS 9-3 models will also feature the so-called “Always Clean Air Cabin” filter. This filter is said to be 99 percent efficient in reducing hazardous particle levels and will only take less than a minute to do so.

NEVS President Mattias Bergman expresses his excitement for the new NEVS 9-3 Series, saying that the introduction of such a vehicle is a big step towards the development of “smart, sustainable mobility solutions”. With its partnership with the city of Tianjin, NEVS aims to develop their technology more and in aiming to help reduce pollution due to vehicles. Once the test drive in Tianjin becomes a success, NEVS will move on to a full-scale, with real people and in real life situations. Bergman envisions the future with an integrated urban mobility solution, catering to bigger cities and more people.

The NEVS 9-3 Series is set to launch in 2018, but the Swiss company says that more than 150,000 new 9-3 EVs have already been ordered by different Chinese companies. Well, that was fast! The new NEVS 9-3 EV series will grace Shanghai on June 7th at the CES Asia event for the first time.

For the past few years, more and more automakers have done their share of developing sustainable and environment-friendly alternatives to our everyday means of transportation. The development of electric vehicles or EVs is like hitting two birds with one stone – at first, it would seem like the creation of these vehicles is for the sole reason to protect Mother Earth, however, it also speaks of mankind’s ability to go beyond possibilities and to challenge norms. Much respect should be given to those working on this field, as they provide us with more sustainable ways to live in harmony with our only planet. Kudos!

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