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: In 2010 Saab presented the 9-3 ePower sports suit at the Paris Motor Show. A lithium-ion battery with 35,5 kWh capacity, cooled with air by the standard automatic climate control, should provide a range of 200 kilometers. The batteries were mainly located in a modified center tunnel, but also where the tank and exhaust system used to be.
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 in front of the camera on our last visit to Trollhättan. Since he was in the museum's workshop at the time, of all things, and you shouldn't take photos there because there's always something to see that nobody should see, there are only detailed photos. The 9-3 Griffin ePower was built as the 9-3 Griffin Linear in April 2011 (!) - at a time when the conveyor belts actually stood still. At this point in time, the factory had a tape for the pilot series and the construction of small series. There, the diesel was handcrafted into an electric car.
The electric Saab, in the Griffin Trim, surprised positively. The interior looks valuable and is lined with premium leather. We already know the carbon applications from other 9-3 models; what stands out are the small differences. The ePower shift lever only knows the PRND stages, the gearbox is fixed. There is an electric parking brake, an electric hydraulic power steering, and an electric automatic climate control. Instead of the turbo display, you will discover displays for consumption, charge level 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.
The famous question arises, what would have happened 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 didn't get as far as we know today. NEVS has acquired around 10% of the intellectual property of Saab Automobile AB, but the ePower concept does not seem to have been included. It can be assumed that patents from Boston Power and GM prevented the purchase. In a few days we will see what NEVS is presenting as an electric car at CES. The review of 2011 was therefore interesting and not entirely by chance 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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