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 does not come from the socket. Driving with a battery makes little sense if the electricity has to be generated with lignite or nuclear power. A topic that divides. My neighbor works in the solar industry. This will soon solve our personal green electricity problem. With a corresponding system on our roofs, we will produce our own electricity in the medium term and we could also move an electric car in an environmentally friendly way. But not everyone has this option.
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.
Renault now has an entire electric fleet. A small van that makes sense for inner-city delivery. A limousine with strange names, which at first glance looks like a Chinese make and which looks very uninspired. But Renault can do it differently. The Renault Twizy looks fun and sells well because of that. But the Twizy is the niche in the niche and due to the lack of variability it is not a 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.
The Fisker Karma comes from the range extender fraction. Built by Valmet Automotive, formerly Saab-Valmet, in Uusikaupunki. Equipped with the finest leather from Scotland and “Rescue Wood” from California. If this seems familiar, you are right. Leather from Scotland used to be found in the Saab 900 and 9000. California root wood from plantation cultivation, which was considered environmentally friendly years ago, was also an equipment detail. Today you go further and use open-pore “Rescue Wood”, which is left after forest fires. Is karma an individual upper class solution, as we would imagine from Saab?
Saab = Range Extender ...
If Saab had brought an electric car onto the market in large numbers, it would probably have been a car with a range extender. Saab Automobile AB applied for a patent for such a concept in 2011. In a Saab 9-3 car series, it would not have been a waiver mobile. Driving fun and typical Saab properties such as safety, durability and suitability for long journeys would have been included. Utility value - a Saab virtue in itself - in a full body would be guaranteed.
Saab electrical dreams are coupled to the Saab 9-3 and the Phoenix platform. The rights for the Saab 9-3 are, at least for the time being, at NEVS. The Phoenix platform is being used by NEVS, Lotus-Youngman and Mahindra will probably also have future plans with this platform. It is possible because the use will be “non-exclusive” and, depending on the requirements, completely different products could be created.
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 are we to new technology? Does the electric car have a chance in the community, maybe it wouldn't even matter which brand it comes from? Or are we not in the mood for batteries with 4 wheels? Questions after questions ...
Reason for Mark and me to approach the Range Extender faction. Of course with level, because we are Saab drivers. A Chevrolet Volt or its Opel derivative stays in front of the door on principle. The Fisker Karma, upper class on the electric trip, is our object for a presentation and comprehensive report. Because Fisker does not dare to start from below, but from the very 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.