Saab 9-3 EV Cabriolet

If we are to drive into the future electrically, then please, stylish and airy with a convertible! While the Saab EV and the sports suit have been announced for autumn in Trollhättan, we are still waiting for good news for the topless group.

Saab 9-3 EV Cabriolet
Saab 9-3 EV Cabriolet

But they are a long time coming, everything could be quite simple. Because there was already a Saab 2010-9 EV Cabriolet in 3 that was on the road in Trollhättan. In the course of the Saab e-Power project, the partner from Uppsala at the time, ElectroEngine R & D AB, not only worked on the 70-9 EV sports suit test fleet consisting of 3 vehicles. At the same time, a 9-3 EV Cabriolet was created, also as a demonstration of what could be possible.

While the Trollhättan station wagons should only reach a range of 200 kilometers and a top speed of 150 Km / h, the Cabriolet added something.

The maximum range should be 300 kilometers, the maximum speed 180 kilometers per hour. Values ​​that stand for everyday usability and that would still be leaders today. On the Almendalensveckan 2010, the Saab Cabriolet was presented to the public, but was there already in the shadow of another Swedish convertible.

ElectroEngine AB had refilled once again, put the Volvo C70 another electric cabriolet on the wheels. Four-wheel drive, 200 hourly kilometers peak, 400 kilometers range. Impressive values ​​that Tesla offers today. No Volvo or Saab have gone into production. Gothenburg seems four years after the show farther away from an electric convertible than Trollhättan.

Why the Swedes do not have the courage to market niche, is not to understand. Electric sedans and station wagons are very nice, but an open four-seater would be a highlight. For Saab a strong signal for the comeback of the brand.

Okay, I've often written about the odds of having a Saab 9-3 EV Cabriolet, and it's getting bland for me and the readers. Before it finally becomes an imposition, we bring the subject to a merciful end, at least for today:

What has become of the convertible, we do not know. In contrast to vehicles of the 9-3 sports combination test fleet, it is no longer registered for road traffic. Probably it is in some hall, the tires angular. If there was still the question of why no Cabriolet is within reach, if before 4 years already an impressive prototype with Swedish technology was possible.

ElectroEngine AB is still working closely with Innovatum in Trollhättan, but NEVS is not on the list. The company from Uppsala has its own electric motors, its own battery layout and clever battery management. A cooperation would be obvious from my point of view, but does not take place according to our information.

NEVS has chosen another technology partner, one of the first industrial addresses. But not from Sweden. The most obvious explanation why it takes (again) a little longer.

Text: tom@saabblog.net

Image & Video: ElectroEngine R&D AB

 

11 thoughts on "Saab 9-3 EV Cabriolet"

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    So, if an EV convertible is coming, that's ok! But I have nothing against a burner ;-))! The main thing is a convertible !!

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    There are other solutions to the battery problem. Only they are not noticed. Why? Now the corporations only want to earn money with conventional vehicles. The respective state still earns through vehicle tax, fuel tax and does not dare to bring stricter emission standards. I see that with scooters. The 2-stroke will no longer be sold from 2016. Because neither dealers, nor the state with taxes earns from electric vehicles. Be it a car, a scooter or even a bicycle….

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    A convertible is the only 9-3 I wish. So hope you come soon.

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    Probably just a little space in the convertible to accommodate a few hundred pounds of batteries. The range information has probably been wishful thinking, and not necessarily what the demonstrated prototypes could achieve. The one Tesla driver in my environment drives according to their own information now comfortable.

    I also believe that serial hybrids with auxiliary engines are the better solution for the foreseeable future, but NEVS says nothing.

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      I think the 300 mileage range should be realistic for the speed-limited Sweden. Even my old 9-5 Biopwer, with E85 in the tank, suddenly had a gigantic range.

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    In Tesla with 120 km / h on the highway, that's what where you can certainly no longer speak of driving pleasure. And that's exactly where the problem lies, as the pure electric car is currently only authorized for short-haul and city use. There are then cheaper solutions than a 70.000,00 € expensive Tesla. NEVS does not mention any prices yet, but it compares to Tesla.

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      NEVS would like to offer “affordable” e-mobility. Range like a Tesla, price like - no idea - definitely cheaper. 😉

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    When I think back to my 30 Cabriojahre back, almost 2o years in various Saab's (currently 9.3 MY2008), I wonder if a purely electric drive here is the right thing. A convertible tour is not even short of the way to work and back.
    400 km come together quickly. If it also becomes a summer vacation in the mountains or something similar, 200 - 300 km range is not much. The top speed does not matter so much, 150 kmh are enough for me.
    So we continue to be patient. A facelift to MY2008 should already be in it.

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    Quote: "You should wait until the possible performance of the vehicles and battery capacity are somehow in line."

    Or you can do without “purely electric” and install a diesel generator. Something around 100km electric and then, if you want to go further away, the generator comes into play. Because one thing is undeniable: no other system can match the energy density of gasoline / diesel so quickly. And why carry around x-hundred kilos of battery for a mere 300km range? Mostly you don't need the 300 km at all and if you want to go further away it is not enough / takes too long to recharge.
    Opel Ampera and Chevrolet Volt are the best role models for me in this regard.

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    I've come across a Tesla S on the highway a few times now. It struck me that all vehicles were only traveling at moderate speeds <120 km / h.
    One should wait until possible performance of the vehicles and battery capacity are somehow in harmony.
    Because what help excellent acceleration values ​​and max. Speeds, if you can use them in practice only to a limited extent or the risk of not having to reach the next charging station.
    Perhaps such vehicles are better designed for short-distance or city operation. Then max speeds are no longer relevant.
    That means congestion in Shanghai or LA

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    What could be even more beautiful and probably even more enjoyable than in the convertible V6 open to listen to the quiet, sonorous sound of the engine and enjoy the wind and the sun?
    Probably the increase can ONLY be noticed by the wind and the rustling of the speed ...
    All-electric convertible? - Absolutely, this is accomplished without stress!
    NEVS >>> please think about it again

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