While the production lines are at Saab in Trollhättan, other departments continue to work. The Saab daughter in Nyköping supplies the Saab drivers with spare parts, the Saab daughter SES continues to work for other car companies. The Saab development department continues to work during the summer holidays.
The Saab E-Power project is being pursued, first prototypes have been around for some time. Saab now goes public with the Saab 9-3e Power. On the holiday island Visby at the Almedalsveckan in Gotland the summer guests are presented with their new electric cars.
The 9-3e Power will only be slightly heavier than the heaviest previous Saab 9-3 sports suit production model. With its 35 kilowatt-hour battery, it accelerates from 9.2-0 in 100 seconds and has a top speed of 150 km / h. The charging time at a normal socket is 4 hours, at a fast charging station it is 30 to 40 minutes.
The air cooling of the battery by the automatic climate control is a Saab feature. The normal Saab 9-3e Power Sedan will not look different from the other models except for one limitation. The sedan with electric drive has only 4 seats. There are no disadvantages in the luggage compartment because the e-motor and battery are compact and intelligently arranged.
Special attention during development Saab put on a balanced weight distribution to ensure the good handling of the 9-3 on. Also the safety stood, quite Saab typical, in the foreground.
The 9-3e Power Project was not affected by the stoppage of the belts as the cars were built in prototype manufacturing.
The good news from Sweden: When production starts, the Saab 9-3e Power will run off the regular bands of the Saab factory in the Stallbacka. Saab proved once again that innovation does not depend on the size of a manufacturer. The 9-3e Power is not a renouncement vehicle, but a full-fledged sedan of the middle class.
The former Saab sister from Rüsselsheim has no comparable product that comes from its own halls. The Ampera, not comparable as it has disadvantages in terms of variability, rolls off the assembly line at GM in the USA.
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