Saab will be bringing their very own electric vehicle to Paris for the upcoming motor show. Based on the current 9-3 Sportswagon, the 9-3 ePower will be a prototype undergoing extensive trails in Sweeden next year.
This will be made up of 70 vehicles in their test fleet, which will be tested under real world driving conditions. The 9-3 will be motivated by a 135 kW/184 hp electric motor linked to a 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
Saab says that this accelerates the car to 100km/h in just 8.5 seconds and it allows the vehicle to reach a top speed of 150km/h. They also expect the car to return a respectable 200 kilometres before it needs to be recharged again. This then takes around 3 to 6 hours to a full recharge, depending on the depletion status.
Recharge times can be reduced by using a higher input voltage, as voltage inputs are not limited. The instrument panel has also been modified to accommodate a new display for the battery status, power consumption and driving range, all illuminated in green.
Saab boasts about the 9-3’s battery capabilities as it can operate at full power in temperatures as low as -30 degrees Celcius, which is 10 degrees below current battery packs today. It is also said to be able to withstand the test of time with a charging cycle equivalent to approximately 10 years of average use.
Along with that, the use of air-cooling instead of a liquid cooling system has lowered the weight of the battery pack. Saab seems to be taking the right steps to make itself a relevant brand in the near future. Expect more from the Trollhattan-based company. Look after the jump for a picture gallery.
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