SAAB Presents 9-3 EV Prototype

AUG 21 2014 BY JAY COLE 12

Yes, This Is The Official Media Picture Of The Saab 9-3 Electric Vehicle...apparently in the dirt beside a shed

Yes, This Is The Official Media Picture Of The Saab 9-3 Electric Vehicle…apparently in the dirt beside a shed of some kind

Perhaps in response to some high profile solvency issues of late, SAAB made an effort to display its “real Saab EV product” on Wednesday in Trollhättan.

Still, no matter the reason they did decide to show it off, we are happy to see the first shots of the SAAB 9-3 EV – prototype or not.

Inside The Saab 9-3 EV

Inside The Saab 9-3 EV

In truth, the car shown is basically an ‘electrified’ Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan, but it does have all the batteries tucked under the floor…a welcome change to any conversion product.  (**cough*** are you listening Ford? ***cough***)

“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.

SAAB notes the following statistics on the car (“prototype series”) shown today.

  • Range: approx. 200 km (120 miles)
  • 0-100 km/hr: 10 sec
  • Maximum speed: 120 km/h (75 mph)
  • Engine power 140 hp, 100 kW.

SAAB adds that the purpose of this vehicle was to “enhance the understanding of EV’s in the complete company” and to “serve as a reference for specification of coming production model(s)

Production of the SAAB 9-3 EV is currently on indefinite hiatus as the NEVS (parent of SAAB) is looking to tie-up a deal reportedly with Dongfeng and Mahindra after plans to build 200 fully electric SAABs to the city of Qingdao never materialized.

NEVS, also some more pics are over at SAABSUnited that are worth a look.
(hat tip to Nicholas and Steve)

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12 Comments on "SAAB Presents 9-3 EV Prototype"

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It’s a Typ 2 Mennekes plug, a standard plug that Tesla also uses for their EU market. A wise choice if you ask me. I question their choice for an own plug for the US market though.

No, it’s the standard EU Type2 Socket

Wow, the conversion in the interior looks really amateur. Looks like almost all off-the-shelf parts…

I can’t believe that after 2 years of Model S Tesla is years ahead in battery technology, no even prototypes for larger automakers get closer. Kudos to Tesla.

That’s more of Testament to the energy density and technology of Panasonic and the cells it manufactures rather than the cage that Tesla combines them in.

Model S range and performance is more a testament to battery software management and Tesla temperature management system.

Panasonic was ahead in chemistry but not ahead in cost when Tesla approached them. They were losing market share to both Samsung and LG Chem. And cheap Chinese cells were taking market share from the premium segment.

If it was mostly about the batteries even Fiat Chrysler could make a compelling electric car by just buying Panasonic cells.

This is a prototype, it’s build to learn how to work with EVs. To test different motor control maybe and so on. I don’t understand why you need big range/battery to understand how an EV works.

You need a big enough battery in order for it to deliver enough power to the drive electronics. Smaller batteries are performance limited. This is the main reason that the 60kWh Model S has less HP than the 85kWh model.

Saab is not a large automaker, it’s actually much smaller than Tesla.

There is something wrong with 120 miles and the overall performances. That sound Fluence or Coda like not what would be expected as, yet to come, EV characteristics, even in a prototype state.