NEVS AB (the Swedish company who acquired the main assets of the Saab Automobile bankruptcy estates) and DiDi Chuxing, a leading Chinese mobile transportation platform, have formed a strategic partnership and finalized a number of steps towards an extensive cooperation.
The formal signing took place in Trollhättan, Sweden in Late October, in presence of among others the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.
“I am very happy to announce this agreement today. Now we have a platform and the right partner to realize a fantastic journey to make our vision come true”, said Stefan Tilk, President and CEO at Nevs.
One of the common goals is to develop an electric vehicle, fully optimized for the mobility services that DiDi is offering, and also initiating a path towards a revolutionizing self-driving and on-demand mobility future. This is in line with the InMotion concept that Nevs unveiled at CES Asia in Shanghai in June.
“With DiDi actively taking part in the design and development phase, we will make sure that the vehicles will be fully adapted for the needs of our customer”, says Stefan Tilk.
The first vehicle used in this cooperation will be the NEVS 9-3.
DiDi recently predicted that there woud be more than 1 million electrical vehicles operated in the DiDi platform in 2020.
The cooperation goes well in line with both companies´ view on green society and mobility solutions for the future.
“Nevs have many years of solid innovation experience, based on the Saab heritage. We now combine this with the knowledge and the progressive mind-set from an outstanding company like DiDi. It´s a perfect match that the whole ecosystem will benefit from”, says Kai Johan Jiang, Chairman and main owner..
“Ever since Nevs was established, we have been working hard to realize this important milestone in the automotive history”, he adds.
The company’s vision is to shape mobility for a more sustainable future. Core to this is a global portfolio of fully electric premium cars, mobility solutions and sustainable city offerings. The head office and main research and development facilities are located in Trollhättan, Sweden, with a second production plant and an R&D Centre under construction in Tianjin, China.
DiDi Chuxing is the world’s leading mobile transportation platform. The company offers a full range of mobile tech-based mobility options for around 400 million users, including taxi hailing, private car hailing, Hitch (social ride-sharing), DiDi Chauffeur, DiDi Bus, DiDi Minibus, DiDi Car Rental and DiDi Enterprise Solutions. As many as 20 million rides were completed on DiDi’s platform on a daily basis in October 2016, making DiDi the world’s second largest online transaction platform. DiDi acquired Uber China in August 2016.