For those who don’t know, NEVS (National Electric Vehicle Sweden) is sort of like a phoenix that rose from the ashes of Saab Automobile, and it recently released samplings of its 9-3 EV concept, which was unveiled at the International Consumer Electronics Show Asia in Shanghai on June 7th.
The company claims that the next-gen 9-3 has an electric range of 186 miles (300 km) on a full charge, which is about 50 miles less than the EPA’s estimated range for the Chevrolet Bolt EV. NEVS also states that the model will offer a “high-tech experience,” with features such as a WiFi-hotspot, over-the-air software updates, battery management via smartphone, and an “Always Clean Air Cabin” filter, which takes less than a minute to reduce 99 percent of hazardous particle levels.
In addition to the classic four-door saloon, a wagon version, dubbed the 9-3X, will also be available.
The vehicles will be used to suppor the new car-sharing and ride sharing program headed by NEVS in collaboration with Tianjin Binhai Hi-tech Industrial Development Area. The program will run in Tianjin, a city with a population of 15 million, and will provide access to the vehicles and mobility services.
“We are excited by this great opportunity to develop smart, sustainable mobility solutions together with a progressive city as Tianjin, and develop them in full scale with real people in real life situations, with the vision to create a future integrated urban mobility solution,” says Mattias Bergman, President at NEVS.
The initial outlook is bright for NEVS, with more than 150,000 new 9-3 EV sedans have already been ordered by various Chinese companies.