The recently reborn Saab, now operating under a Chinese-Swedish parent company that goes by the name NEVS, has begun production on the first units of their promised electric version of the 9-3 model.
Saab, which began building small numbers of the gasoline-powered 9-3 sedan back in December, is only rolling out about a dozen vehicles a week at the moment from their Trollhattan factory. The firm hopes that current trickle is just the beginning, with an electric version of the 9-3 joining the lineup and more models planned in coming years.
The company will build about 200 of the electric models for a test run in the Chinese market. Large scale production is then expected to begin in 2015 for distribution in China, Sweden and other markets.
Green Car Reports notes that the vehicle is expected to initially offer drivers an all-electric range of about 125 miles. Future models will improve along with the rapidly developing battery technology.