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Meet Emily, a secret electric GT developed in 10 months by Saab engineers

It’s hoped the project can save the company that emerged from Saab's demise a decade ago

Published: 02 May 2023

Well, we weren’t expecting this. Electric car company NEVS has revealed a new electric GT called Emily that it secretly designed, developed, and built in just 10 months.

You may recall that NEVS (National Electric Vehicle Sweden) acquired Saab in 2012 after the firm’s bankruptcy.

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Then Chinese real estate giant Evergrande Group took control of NEVS in 2019, but soon ran into financial troubles of its own. And despite efforts to sell the company, it was forced to put it into “hibernation mode” earlier this year to avoid collapse.

We thought that would be the end of it, but last week NEVS Program Director Peter Dahl posted on LinkedIn: “Finally we can reveal one of all the secret projects that NEVS has been working on. I don't think anyone really thought it would be possible to go from a blank sheet of paper to driving cars in less than ten months. But with an amazing and dedicated team anything is possible, so we did it!”

According to reports in Swedish publications Auto Motor Sport and Carup, the Emily GT is capable of driving more than 1,000km (621 miles) on a single charge, thanks to its huge 175kWh battery.

Meanwhile, four 121bhp electric motors mounted on each wheel result in a total output of 484bhp. A high-performance version is also in the pipeline, outputting 644bhp and 1,623lb ft of torque.

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Around 350 engineers and technicians reportedly worked on the project, which began in December 2019 and had been classified as secret until recently. The original plan was to build 20 prototypes, but the pandemic meant just six were produced.

And those who have tested it so far include none other than TG hero Christian von Koenigsegg, would you believe. "My first impression? A very relaxing drive," said Koenigsegg. "The torque vectoring, you can really feel it. Very, very impressed."

So, why reveal it now? It’s hoped that Emily can help attract a buyer for the company, and in turn keep the project alive.

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