Trollhättan, Sweden – Saab Automobile will unveil an all-electric model, the Saab 9-3 ePower, at the Paris Motor Show later this month. It is the prototype for a test fleet of 70 vehicles which will participate in extensive field trials in Sweden early next year.
Targets to be verified include a projected driving range of approximately 200 kilometres through the use of high-density energy storage in lithium-ion battery cells.
The ePower, the first electric vehicle from Saab, is the result of a cooperation between Saab Automobile, Boston Power, Electroengine, and Innovatum, which are providing the batteries, electric powertrain and project management, respectively, and Sweden’s electric power industry trade organization Power Circle.
The ePower uses a 184-horsepower electric motor driving the front wheels through a single-speed transmission. Zero to 100 km/h takes 8.5 seconds, to a top speed of 150 km/h. The battery pack sits in a modified floor pan, mainly in the space previously occupied by the exhaust system and fuel tank.
Hundreds of drivers and their families will be enlisted by Saab and its development partners during an extensive test-driving and evaluation program involving the 70-vehicle fleet in central, west and eastern Sweden during 2011 and 2012. All vehicles will be equipped with aircraft-style “black box” recorders to monitor usage patterns and driving conditions.