Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: | posted August 26, 2014 07:13
Prototype still in early stages of development
The National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) is re-energizing the embattled Swedish marque with the Saab 9-3 Electric Vehicle prototype designed and built at the Saab plant in Trollhättan.
The EV prototype is based on a Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan with the batteries placed under the floor for 50/50 weight distribution and keeping the cabin as roomy as the original gas-powered sedan version.
"We are happy to present the result of Nevs engineering into a real Saab EV product. The Saab cars' well-known performance and safety is maintained and we foresee a very good product for the market. When we developed the Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan Model Year 14, we focused on enhancing the driving experience, safety and quality. And the starting point for our development of the Electric Vehicle project was to maintain all the good attributes and characteristics," said Stig Nodin, Vice-President Engineering and Product Development.
The Saab 9-3 EV is on display in Trollhättan and is only one from the first prototype series of cars.
It is equipped with lithium-ion batteries from Beijing National Battery Technology, a company within the Chinese group of green tech companies owned by Kai Johan Jiang's company National Modern Energy Holdings Ltd and has a 100kW electric motor that produces 142 PS.
In this very early stage of its development, the Saab 9-3 EV can only cover 200 kilometers, has a max speed of 120kph and will go from 0-100kph in 10 seconds.
This model, according to NEVS, will ‘enhance the understanding of EV's in the complete company, serve as a reference for specification of coming production model(s), be used as a test bench for technical development and will help verify the manufacturing setup.’