TROLLHATTAN, Sweden – National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) AB and DiDi Chuxing, the world’s leading mobile transportation platform, have signed a strategic partnership here to develop an electric vehicle fully optimized for the mobility services that DiDi is offering.
A number of other steps toward an extensive cooperation were also finalized.
The two will also be initiating a path towards a revolutionizing self-driving and on-demand mobility future, in line with the InMotion concept that NEVS unveiled at CES Asia in Shanghai in June.
The first vehicle used in this cooperation will be the NEVS 9-3.
“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. “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.”
DiDi recently predicted that there will be more than 1 million EVs operated in the DiDi platform in 2020.
The cooperation goes well in line with the two companies’ view on green society and mobility solutions for the future.
“NEVS has many years of solid innovation experience, based on the Saab heritage. We now combine this with the knowledge and the progressive mindset from an outstanding company like DiDi. It’s a perfect match that the whole ecosystem will benefit from,” said Kai Johan Jiang, chairman and main owner of NEVS. “Ever since NEVS was established, we have been working hard to realize this important milestone in the automotive history.”
NEVS was founded in 2012 and acquired the main assets of the Saab Automobile bankruptcy estates. The company has been mainly owned by NME Holdings Ltd., Tianjin Bin Hai Hi-tech Industrial Development Area (THT) and State Research Information Technology Co., Ltd. (SRIT).
In January 2017, the Chinese government approved NEVS’ application to start production of EVs in its manufacturing plant in Tianjin, becoming the first joint venture with investors from outside China that is granted a new energy passenger vehicle project investment approval by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). In May, NEVS launched a city mobility program with THT to offer car-sharing and ride-hailing solutions in Tianjin.