Remember a month and a half ago when we told you that Saab will "soldier on?" Well, we should have written "stand at attention."

According to SaabsUnited, the deal for National Electric Vehicle Sweden to buy the remaining Saab assets didn't close on schedule. In fact, it's been delayed by "a month, perhaps more." NEVS also seems to have indicated that it's not going to be answering any more questions about the deal until it's completed.

NEVS is supposedly planning on building electric cars based on the design that would have been the next-generation 9-3. The company itself is a partnership between a Chinese energy company and a Japanese investment group.


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      Giza Plateau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Buying Saab has to be a mistake. An electric 9-3 can't possibly have an appeal big enough to generate the profits needed to keep a big automaker going.
        Actionable Mango
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        What big automaker? Certainly you don't mean Saab? They are not an automaker at all any more. NEV bought their assets.
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey ABG! A Danish EV, weighs 881lbs, and goes 186 miles on a charge. http://www.leftlanenews.com/ecomove-qbeak-ev-set-for-launch-in-2012-video.html No no....no need to thank me....your silence is thanks enough.
        Marcopolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        @ Ezee, Um,...wanna beer?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        EZEE I already posted this thing here (ABG): http://green.autoblog.com/2012/07/26/volkswagen-e-bugster-concept-quick-spin-review-video/ And here are the two replies on my original post about this EV (QBEAK):: paulwesterberg "It doesn't look like aerodynamics is very good although that is always a problems for short vehicles Range is based on weak European driving test. I am not a fan of the split windows. The lights would never pass US inspection/regulation as the turn signal is not visible from the side of the car. I wish them luck but I doubt this vehicle will ever appear stateside in its current form." July 27 2012 at 2:05 PM Marcopolo  krisztiant "Even in Scandinavia, there will be few buyers for an odd little vehicle with zero safety features, in-wheel motors and the driver sitting in the middle of the vehicle.  Slated to hit the road in 2012' is a bit misleading ! Ecomove has no manufacturing premises, and is issued with an 'experimental only' license. The performance figures are not based on real world conditions, but factors such as the vehicle weight being 400 kg. (without passengers), no gradients, optimum operating temperatures, etc etc The vehicles only safety feature are described as: "Seat-belts in seats, good driver field of view and multiple collision zone to absorb shocks. The QBEAK is made from safe, robust, non-corrosive materials. ! " No price is mentioned for the vehicle, but it's described at being "suitable for car sharing". What 's more interesting is the "air-cooled, high temperature polymer electrolyte membrane (HTPEM) power system with integrated reformer (to allow it to run on bio-methanol) developed by Serenergy. The Serenergy MECc range extender with a 2.5kW fuel cell and tank, the modular design caters for more cells/tanks to be added for greater range. The system converts bio-methanol into DC current to charge a vehicle's on-board batteries, with waste heat directed to the cabin heating/cooling system." The ECOmove QBEAK EV would appear to be as impractical and dysfunctional as the late, but not lamented, DF himself. These little experimental vehicles will keep appearing and being offered on the premise of a global mass urban vehicle market, that (with few exceptions) displays no sign of existing." July 28 2012 at 12:17 AM "No no....no need to thank me....your silence is thanks enough."
          • 2 Years Ago
          And some words about the QBEAK's Serenergy MECc fuel cell range extender, which Marco Polo found the most interesting about this fuel cell/BEV plug in hybrid: "A collaborative project involving ECOmove, Insero E-Mobility and Serenergy is aiming to produce a fuel cell range extender for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) that should boost the distance between charges to at least 497 miles (800 km). The first vehicle to receive the new bio-methanol-based Modular Energy Carrier concept (MECc) cells will be the QBEAK car we featured yesterday. The air-cooled, high temperature polymer electrolyte membrane (HTPEM) power system with integrated reformer (to allow it to run on bio-methanol) has been developed by Serenergy and will be available as a basic MECc range extender with a 2.5kW fuel cell and tank, but a modular design caters for more cells/tanks to be added for greater range. The system converts bio-methanol into DC current to charge a vehicle's onboard batteries, with waste heat directed to the cabin heating/cooling system. Incorporating the combined fuel cell/BEV technology into an electric vehicle is claimed to extend its range by at least four times that of many EVs available today and will offer drivers a tank "refuel" time of less than three minutes, similar to gasoline cars. Other reported system benefits include improved charge stability that could extend the life of an EV's batteries, and low cost rollout of fueling points (as the existing fuel distribution infrastructure could be used). The project is being managed by Insero E-Mobility and will be first implemented in the shortly-to-be-available QBEAK electric vehicle from ECOmove. The group has also secured the backing of the Danish government in the form of financial support under the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program." http://www.gizmag.com/mecc-bio-methanol-fuel-cell-range-extender/23462/
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          Well pop my bubble.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      NEV = National Electric Vehicle? If they are dumb enough to name their company with the same acronym for slow-speed EVs (NEV = Neighborhood Electric Vehicle) then they were just going to go bankrupt anyway.
        Anne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        The company name hardly matters if they're planning to sell the vehicles under the Saab brand.
      Marco Polo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Latest development in the sad 'saga' (irresistible :) of SAAB ! GM is being sued by the Dutch Spyker N.V. Spyker bought Saab from GM and is now suing General Motors for US$3 billion. Spyker claims GM forced SAAB into bankruptcy by blocking potential deals with Chinese investors. GM, vigorously denies Spyker's claims. GM there was never any offer to sell GM sourced technology with the sale of SAAB. GM says the lawsuit is 'without merit', and the decision to discontinue the sale of GM designs and production facilities to SAAB, was in the interests of it own shareholders. GM states that it warned Spyker against the thinking that buying SAAB would give Spyker access to advanced GM tehnology, which Spyker could resell to Russian or PRC interests. t Spyker claim is that GM acted unlawfully ,, “tortiously interfering” with a transaction between Saab Automobile, Spyker and PRC investor Youngman, with the “direct and intended objective of driving Saab Automobile into bankruptcy”. Spyker CEO Victor Muller says his company has been preparing to seek compensation for the “massive damages” incurred as a result of GM’s alleged unlawful actions since Saab was forced to file for bankruptcy on December 19, 2011. “We owe it to our stakeholders and ourselves that justice is done and we will pursue this lawsuit with the same tenacity and perseverance that we had when we tirelessly worked to save Saab Automobile, until GM destroyed those efforts and deliberately drove Saab Automobile into bankruptcy,” Muller said. Spykers legal costs are being funded by an 'undisclosed' third party.
      DaveMart
      • 2 Years Ago
      'Mitsubishi Motors has suspended its supply of the i-MiEV to PSA Peugeot Citroën Group due to sluggish sales, according to the report.' http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/08/weak-20120806.html Oh dear. If 7,000 Euros subsidy in France is not shifting them, what will? I am getting doubtful on the Leaf and Zoe plans.
        Anne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        "...is not shifting them, what will?" Quite simple: lower price, longer range and better looks. Since the price drop this spring, the vehicle (plus it's C-Zero sibling) is selling better than the LEAF in The Netherlands. Before that, the price was roughly the same and that is a very tough sell against the much larger and better equipped LEAF. But it is always hard to draw any conclusions from such low sales figures and few models. It might have been some accidental fleet sales that bumped up the numbers for May and June.
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Anne
          The Peugeot and Citroen variants were about the lowest priced EV's other than NEVs for sale in the UK, far cheaper than the Mitsubishi. I dunno how the sales compared to those of the Leaf, but sales of all of them are almost non-existent.
        JakeY
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        It seems that report was in the context of the debt crisis in Europe, which are affecting all the Japanese automakers (not just EVs). "Oh dear. If 7,000 Euros subsidy in France is not shifting them, what will?" If the Leaf and Zoe gets the same subsidies then the iMIEV will have a hard time competing (assuming the pricing difference is the same as in the US, which isn't enough for how much you sacrifice vs the Leaf esp. considering the reliability reputation of Mitsubishi vs Nissan; the Zoe will likely compare even better).
      DaveMart
      • 2 Years Ago
      Speaking of impractical Danes, where is DF?
        Anne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        I heard from 2WM that he was banned.
          Anne
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Anne
          Which is rather weird, since he may have been obnoxious and sometimes annoying, but he wasn't rude.
          Actionable Mango
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Anne
          It was rare, but indeed I remember those comments because it seemed like they came out of nowhere.
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Anne
          Yeah, some of the other commentators were picking him up on it.
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Anne
          It's likely to be his anti-homosexual comments. He is not the most tactful individual.
          Anne
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Anne
          I can't remember having read anything of the sort in his comments, but if you say so, then that might explain it.
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