Saab has been sold, to National Electric Vehicle Sweden, a Swedish-Japanese-Chinese consortium headed by Kai Johan Jiang. As the name suggests, this is a company interested in electricity. And in fact, NEVS has some serious ambitions. The aim is, through use of Saab’s expertise and Japanese technology, to become a leading manufacturer of electric vehicles. What a statement!
Saab has always stood for innovation and unconventional thinking. Wind-tunnel testing in 1947, engine right-sizing through turbo technology in the 70s, and safety standards years ahead of the competition. Electricity therefore feels like a logical next step, a natural evolution of the Saab way.
There is no denying that burning dirty fuels is insane. It is damaging to our planet, our health and our future. And worst of all, it is completely unnecessary. There are better alternatives available today, so it just doesn’t make any sense to continue burning dinosaurs.
What’s this? This is the new Tesla Model S, an all-electric full-size 5-door hatchback, set to be released in just a few days. It goes from 0-100 km/h in 5.6 seconds and travels 480 km on a single charge. Oh, and it looks absolutely amazing! Now, imagine a slightly different design, maybe a hockey-stick side line, some ice-block headlights, two pairs of 3-spoke wheels and perhaps a Griffin logo… Does that not excite you?
Looking at this Tesla I realise just how possible the electric car is. And not in a distant future kind of way, but right here, right now. It’s already here, ready for the eco-revolution. And Saab absolutely needs to take a leading roll in this revolution, because that is what Saab has always done best.
With this post I would like to welcome Saab’s new owners and wish them the best of luck in realising their visions. When the electric Griffin is ready, count me in as one of your customers!