Are we driving electrically into the automotive future and how open is the Saab community to new technologies? Electric car! A word that has moved and split the Saab community since the NEVS press conference. I drive since 1992 Saab. I started with a Saab 900S, which of course had a turbo under the hood. Why? I drive Saab because Saab is turbo and because Saab 20 years before was considered to be particularly innovative. Turbo technology, high safety, and strict environmental standards before other manufacturers discovered these topics for themselves. Amongst other things. There are more reasons for this. Good conditions to approach new technologies.
So this week, we'll be looking over our Saab box and testing new, alternative drives. How do we see the matter of e-mobility? Can we imagine going into the future with batteries? Electromobility should be environmentally friendly, but brings with it many questions.
There is the production of batteries, which is harmful to the environment and whose explosiveness is still not considered in any environmental balance. And there is the question of the power source.
Where does the electricity come from ...
An electric car needs electricity. The electricity just does not come out of the socket. Traveling with a battery makes little sense if the electricity has to be generated with lignite or nuclear power. A topic that splits. My neighbor works in the solar industry. This will solve our personal eco-electricity problem soon. With a corresponding system on our roofs, we will produce our own electricity in the medium term and could also move an electric car in an environmentally friendly manner. But not everybody has this possibility.
The electric car future has started. Charging stations are located in the metropolitan areas, the middle cities are catching up and it is only a matter of time before electric charging stations are also available in the provinces. Only the right cars are missing, right?
Can inspire an electric car...
Electrouto and emotion, a chapter in itself. If I think of an electric car, then small, Spartan abandonment mobile appear before my eyes. Strange things like a Mitsubishi who awakens, as it is called, funny associations. Or cars like the Opel Ampera. The look like I do not want a car. Or the Toyota Prius models. They are hybrid and not electric, but look so damn politically correct and so little for driving pleasure.
From Renault now comes a whole electric fleet. A small van that makes sense for inner-city delivery traffic. A limousine, with a strange name, and at first glance reminds of a Chinese make and looks very uninspired. But Renault can be different too. The Renault Twizy Looks like fun and sells well too. But the Twizy is the niche in the niche and due to lack of variability no real alternative.
Electric car = abandonment car?
No, I do not want a renouncement car! But an e-mobile does not necessarily have to be a waiver or a restriction. It does not necessarily have a slanted design. There is also electromobility, which looks damned for driving pleasure and is still an environmentally friendly car. Tesla for example. Cool sports car on Lotus basis. Or the Model S. Damn elegant, close to a Jaguar, and with 480 kilometers range absolutely suitable for everyday use. This is how a battery car could be fun.
From the range extender fraction comes the Fisker Karma. Built by Valmet Automotive, formerly Saab-Valmet, in Uusikaupunki. Fitted with the finest leather from Scotland and "Rescue Wood" from California. If that sounds familiar, that's right. Leather from Scotland used to be found in the Saab 900 and 9000. California rootstock from plantation cultivation, which was considered environmentally friendly years ago, was also a detail of equipment. Today you continue and use open-pored Rescue Wood left over after forest fires. Is karma an individual superclass solution, as we would imagine it to be from Saab?
Saab = Range Extender ...
If Saab had launched an electric car in large numbers on the market, it would probably have been a car with range extender. In 2011, such a concept was patented by Saab Automobile AB. In a Saab 9-3 Karroserie it would not have been a waiver. Driving pleasure and Saab-typical features such as safety, longevity and fitness for long distances would have been included. Utility - a Saab virtue in itself - in a full body would be guaranteed.
Saab electrical rooms are coupled to the Saab 9-3 and the Phoenix platform. The rights to the Saab 9-3 are, at least for the time being, NEVS. The Phoenix platform is claimed by NEVS, Lotus-Youngman and probably Mahindra will also have plans for the future with this platform. It is possible, because the use will be "non-exclusive", and depending on the requirement completely different products could arise.
Would we buy an electric car? Can it arouse emotions? I have, admittedly, never moved one. We change that. Because what if Mahindra or NEVS, theoretically, in Trollhättan would build an e-car on Saab-based? Would we buy it when the griffin emblazoned on the hood? Or is there just turbo for us and turbo again?
How open-minded are we to new technology? If the electric car has a chance in the community, would it even matter which brand it comes from? Or do we not like batteries with 4 wheels? Questions about questions ...
Reason for Mark and me to approach the Range Extender Faction. Of course with level, because we are Saab driver. A Chevrolet Volt or its Opel derivative remains already on principle at the door. The Fisker Karma, upper class on the electric trip, is our object for a presentation and comprehensive reportage. Because Fisker dares the entry not from below but from the top.
The concept seems to be correct as Fisker will build 15.400 vehicles this year. More on the Fisker blog tomorrow, and we answer the question of whether an electric car can arouse enthusiasm.