The topic is busy and it is trendy anyway. Converting Saab classics and youngtimers to electric drives is one of the topics of the future. It has been a trend in the USA for a long time, in Europe it is becoming increasingly popular. Converting a classic has a few arguments in itself, perhaps even combining the best of the past and the future.
Many Saab owners appreciate their vehicles. They love the clear, Scandinavian design and high functionality. But in the background the anxious question always remains: how long you can still use and enjoy your vehicle. A start-up from Lower Saxony says it has now found an answer to the question. It converts youngtimers and classics into electric cars.
The Saab classic becomes an electric car
With Switch e-cars, a company is entering the market that seems to have a certain affinity for Saab. The first conversion of the start-up from the greater Hanover area is a Saab 9-3 I Cabriolet. The choice of the brand from Sweden was probably not made by chance. According to co-founder and partner Lutz Kirsten, the first 9-3 series is particularly suitable for converting to an electric drive. Swedish individuality is preserved, and the drive is emission-free if you run on “green” electricity. The entry into city centers will remain secure in the future, you are setting a counterpoint against the wave of consumption and you are traveling with a clear conscience and reassuringly far from the mainstream.
Do you ensure the individual mobility of the future?
Switch e-cars was founded in 2019 by Michael Hintz and Lutz Kirsten after a preparatory phase of more than 18 months. Kirsten started with a start-up in the transport industry in 1985 after completing her studies. His path led to the establishment of PoolOne Giant Media, which he claims to be the largest provider of giant poster spaces. He has been involved in electromobility since 2018 and is one of the two partners of Switch e-cars. Michael Hinz started his professional career after studying process management at Volkswagen, before starting to look after companies in the automotive industry as an independent management consultant. Like Lutz Kirsten, he is one of the two partners in the start-up.
The company is based in Sarstedt near Hanover, and the young company has access to an extensive network of engineers and specialists. Electric car remover Heiko Fleck is part of this network as well as longstanding Saab specialists. The vehicles themselves are converted at Scania near Stania in Eime. The workshop has been a fixed term for Saab drivers in the Hildesheim region and beyond.
Is this the future for classics and classic cars?
In addition to vehicles that have already been converted, such as the Saab 9-3 e-Cabriolet, which have been completely rebuilt for sale, Switch e-cars also offers other options. With the “My Car” program, just about any classic or classic car can be converted to an electric drive. With “Dream Cars” you have another mainstay in your portfolio. Here, Switch e-cars guides the customer from the first idea to implementation through the complete range of electrical options.
The company's founders see their approach as sustainable and future-oriented. Maintaining the old, often classic body and many components saves resources. What is available does not have to be produced again and is used for years, if not decades. Further advantages are lower costs during operation due to a reduction in maintenance requirements, lower consumption and a reduced tax burden. Switch e-cars also sees an increase in value of the classic after its electrification.
Whether this will be the case is an open question. In the medium term, it depends on the market acceptance and the quality of the conversions. Will we be gliding through the area with electrified classics in the future? Silent, without emissions? Or is it a sacrilege to convert classic vehicles to electric cars? How do the readers see that? Vote and discuss with us!