Saab’s successor company National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) has formed a new partnership with technology firm Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to help bring more than 250,000 electric vehicles (EVs) to the global automotive market.
The partnership will see HPE create a global manufacturing IT platform for the Swedish-Chinese consortium, with production beginning next year.
NEVS has already signed a number of strategic agreements to rollout new EVs, including an agreement with power plant operator Panda Energy to deliver 150,000 electric cars along with 100,000 electric commercial vehicles.
HPE’s solution will be rolled out first across NEVS’s existing manufacturing plant in Trollhättan, Sweden, and a new plant in Tianjin, China. The tech firm will eventually look to replace the majority of NEVS’s existing manufacturing processes, creating a globally standardized and integrated EV manufacturing IT platform.
NEVS, which was founded in 2012, will begin the production of its first ‘premium’ EVs in 2017 across China and Sweden, with plans to expand into Europe and the US.
NEVS acquired Saab’s assets, subsidiaries and factory, after the carmaker’s bankruptcy. The rights to the Saab brand and its logo were not included in the deal, but NEVS reportedly plans to revive the brand with an electric lineup aimed chiefly at the Chinese market.
Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) recently forecast that sales of EVs will hit 41 million by 2040 – almost 90 times the equivalent figure for 2015.