Am Friday we were looking for a Saab that does not actually exist. Because of this, many answers were probably very close to the truth, but not correct to 100%. The fact that there was also a Griffin version of the Saab 9-3 electric car is not known to many people.
Saab 9-3 ePower premiere at the Paris Motor Show.
Flashback: 2010 presented Saab at the Paris Motor Show, the 9-3 ePower sports estate. A lithium-ion battery with 35,5 kWh capacity, cooled by the standard climate control with air, should ensure a range of 200 kilometers. The batteries found their place mainly in a modified center tunnel, but also where formerly tank and exhaust system were found.
The electric motor with 184 PS was supposed to transport the station wagon from 8,5 to 0 in 100 seconds, its charging time was specified as 3 to 6 hours. A quick charge was possible, there is no data. The concept of air cooling should have worked well. It also lowered both costs and weight. In 2011, a test fleet with 70 vehicles should go into a field trial, and here begins to lose track of the project.
Who knows the Saab 9-3 Griffin ePower?
We were all the more excited when the Saab 9-3 Griffin ePower came to our camera on our last visit to Trollhättan. Since he was at the museum's workshop at the time, and one should not photograph there, because there is always something to see, which nobody should see, there are only detailed photos. The 9-3 Griffin ePower was built as 9-3 Griffin Linear in April 2011 (!) - at a time when the tapes were actually standing still. The factory existed at this time a band for the pre-series and the construction of small series. There, the diesel was handcrafted an electric car.
The electric Saab, in the Griffin Trim, surprises positively. The interior looks valuable and is lined with premium leather. We already know the carbon applications from other 9-3 models; what is striking are the small differences. The ePower shifter knows only the steps PRND, the transmission is firmly translated. There is an electric parking brake, an electric hydraulic power steering, and an automatic electric climate control. Instead of the turbo display one discovers indications for consumption, charge condition and range.
A Saab electric car Cabriolet would have been the image carrier.
It all looks good, makes you want more, and seems to be ready for the show. 200 kilometers were an announcement 2011. Advances in battery technology could have made 300 kilometers later. VW changed the eGolf only 2017 (!) Of 200 to 300 kilometers range.
That raises the famous question, what if ...
The 4 Saab 9-3 Saab Griffin ePower station wagon would have polished the Saab image as a technologically advanced brand. What you should not lose sight of: there was at least one 9-3 ePower Cabriolet whose existence is guaranteed. With an electric convertible, Saab would have been avant-garde and up front.
It did not come to that, as we know today. Although NEVS has acquired approximately 10% of the intellectual property of Saab Automobile AB, the ePower concept does not seem to have been there. It is likely that patents from Boston Power and GM prevented the purchase. In a few days we will see what NEVS presents as an electric car at CES. The review of the year 2011 was therefore interesting and not coincidentally our topic.
Although none of our readers could answer the question about 100%, many of them were very close with Saab 9-3 ePower. Therefore, the following commentators can look forward to the printed edition of Saab Inside, the customer magazine of Orio Germany:
- Great Otto
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