We also have a close affiliation with a local SAAB shop in Portland, atomic auto, as they have been a long-time client and remain good friends.
When the information broke today that SAAB was bought by an international consortium of Chinese, Japanese investors named NEVS, (National Electric Vehicles Sweden) we were elated.
If there is anything SAAB has been known for, it was their willingness to propel car in a ‘different’ manner. SAAB’s first run at building a car (they’d built nothing but planes before that) was a two stroke engine powering the front wheels. They were early in the introduction of the turbocharger on an everyday car. They used a longitudinally mounted front drive system for their bread and butter product of the 99s and the early 900s. So they are no strangers to non-traditional power plants like EVs.
SAAB had a brief dip in the EV pool before the doors were shuttered in 2011 as well, so there should be a pretty sharp learning curve moving towards production of roadworthy EV units.
We’re glad to see such an original car manufacturer back in the game. Here’s to NEVS/SAAB, may the good times roll.