Expertise in the car production of tomorrow
Driven by the vision to make an impression on the electric vehicle market, Trollhättan based Nevs is currently working on a number of prototypes ahead of future serial production.
The auto body has been modified to make room for all the batteries required – and that’s where Jobro comes in. After previously collaborating with Saab and currently with Nevs, Jobro has a long history as an advisor to Trollhättan’s automotive sector.
The new Saab 9-3 Aero electric model looks just like the regular 9-3, although it is slightly higher due to the batteries underneath. And of course, there is no exhaust pipe. The aim is to create a modern car for the needs of the family as an alternative to the two extremes of the electric vehicle market: the compact small car for city living at one end of the spectrum, and the high performance sports car at the other. Jobro has been providing its broad experience in an advisory capacity for some time – the company has worked with complex production in Trolhättan since the days of Saab. Jobro has developed over 50 auto body components for the electric vehicle, including the modifications necessary to integrate the model’s bulky batteries.
“We’ve been working together for some time now, on the Saab 9-3 Aero petrol-driven model, among other projects, so we know each other well. We have a really straightforward, inclusive, open partnership which helps create a good work-flow,” explains Anders Udd, key account manager at Nevs.
The time-scale for the initial launch of the new electric car was tight, at only 12 weeks. Not only that, an issue emerged early on which posed a threat to the project – a major alteration required as production was in full swing. “Changes made at a late stage during projects often require costly alterations to tools. In the automotive sector, it is estimated that 30 percent of these costs relate to tools alterations made at a late stage. We’re talking about millions being spent every day,” explains Tomas Karlsson, vice president at Jobro.
“Late in the project we were forced to integrate a new front seat into the vehicle. This meant remodelling the seat anchor points, and there are very few suppliers capable of solving this type of complex equation on such a tight schedule,” says Frank Smit, vehicle program manager at Nevs.
A deadline is a deadline
Harnessing the power of 3D laser technology, Jobro’s machinery is designed and customised to be highly flexible, which meant the new tools could be manufactured and put into production in record time. The same tools used for the prototypes can also be utilised at a later stage during serial production. In addition, Nevs was able to reposition holes and outlines a long way down the line, considerably easing its production flow. “We simply produced three new tools in as many weeks, and were able to meet our lead times without exception. Not many suppliers boast that level of flexibility. Thanks to our unique process, Jobro Works, we’re well equipped to tackle this type of challenge,” adds Karlsson.
“Late in the project we were forced to integrate a new front seat into the vehicle. This meant remodelling the seat anchor points, and there are very few suppliers capable of solving this type of complex equation on such a tight schedule”