Saab 9-3 ePower Electric Vehicle

Tue, 11/09/2010 - 06:43

This is Saab’s first electric vehicle labeled the ePower, set for debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

It is based on the 9-3 estate, reflecting on its level of usability and convenience. It offers the same space and practicality as the regular car, but it’s powered by a sophisticated electric powertrain.

The car has a 135 kW/184 hp electric motor driving the front wheels through a single-speed transmission accompanied by powerful 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack giving it a range of approximately 200 kilometers. The performance is not that shabby either, zero to 100 km/h acceleration in just 8.5 seconds, and top speed of 150 km/h.

“This program is designed to evaluate the potential for developing a high performance, zero emission electric vehicle and is an important next-step in the extension of our EcoPower propulsion strategy,” says Mats Fägerhag, Executive Director, Vehicle Engineering at Saab Automobile, “This includes engine rightsizing, which exploits Saab expertise in turbocharging, as well as the use of alternative fuel, such as bio-ethanol through Saab BioPower technology.”

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