Much cooler than a Tesla. A unique Saab 96 Electric.

No desire for a Toyota Prius or a Nissan Leaf? Wouldn't a Tesla be cool enough? Then a look at a Saab 96 Electric helps. It conveys a lot of individuality and style. It could be a retro car from Trollhättan, Saab would still make cars. Or maybe an electric car from NEVS, if you had the courage to dare something extraordinary. But the possibility is probably less.

Saab 96 Electric
Saab 96 Electric

The Saab 96 Electric is based on an internal combustion engine from 1969. The conversion to an electric car took place in 2009, and the way it is performed distinguishes the 96 Electric from many other conversions. The original grille was closed; there was nothing left that needed cooling. As a result, the front appears as it could have been from the factory. The 60s - electric and cool.

This is what a Saab 96 Electric could have looked like

The instrumentation is reduced to what is necessary. The speedometer is supplemented by a battery status indicator and a voltmeter - largely in the style of the years in which the 96 rolled off the assembly line in Trollhättan. With a fine look at the originality - and how it could have been. The mere fact that the remodeler has consistently dispensed with displays and other style breaks is worth mentioning.

In the earlier engine compartment and in the area of ​​the rear seat bench, which is no longer available, there are 10 Trojan T-1275 Batteries distributed. Together with the 203-06-4001 electric motor from Advanced DC Motors Inc., the Saab 96 Electric reaches a maximum speed of 100 km / h. The range is also 100 kilometers.

With the renovation, the 96 became a two-seater and an ideal car for the city or a holiday home in the Algarve. Or for any holiday resort in the world, where the beaches are fantastic and endless. The 96 Electric is currently available on a well-known platform auction. His condition is described as good. What could be improved are details. A lot of bare sheet metal can be seen in the interior, the custom-made cladding for the doors and the area of ​​the former rear bench seat is missing. A good saddler could do the rest of the work, the styling of the Saab would then be almost perfect.

You don't have to say much about style and individuality. Yes, the Teslas and Leafs of this world are faster. You continue to drive. But against the 96 Electric, they're just off-the-shelf cars. Boring and compliant.

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9 thoughts too "Much cooler than a Tesla. A unique Saab 96 Electric."

  • Great idea. Something else. Especially the front.

    Technically probably not as good as the 96 from AmpRevolt ( and a great base for those who like electric cars.

  • I have another press photo with me, with a photo of a Saab 95 from October 1969 with electric drive from back then!

  • A great idea and an eye-catcher would always be on charging stations if a charging cable is attached to the Saab

  • I do not like such conversions of classic cars, but here you really have to admit that it was implemented very stylishly.

  • Back in the future?

    I think he's cool and successful. But I also find him looking backwards rather than forwards ...

    The electric motor is almost 60 years older than the combustion engine. In fact, electric carriages with lead accumulators were in the majority up to WW II, at least in German cities.

    Garbage collection, milkmen, post office, breweries, the tram and many more rely on electric carriages or electric drives with lead or power lines after the horse.

    The 96 here with all its reductions compared to the original (seats, maximum speed, range) is practically the perfect embodiment of why the pendulum slowly (towards the 1920s) swung towards the motor carriages ...

    With all the euphoria for electrical concepts, one should also keep an eye on the historical background - striking how the problems (space, weight, range, charging times, resources) of the present and past resemble each other ...

    It also fits that the hybrid is over 100 years old. Every military submarine since WW I is exactly that - either a hybrid or later also nuclear powered ...

  • At the Deutsche Bundesbahn, the battery drive worked quite well. But at the DB there was no longer any interest in the battery drive ... it was put back on the diesel.
    I think you could use battery drives much better on a train than on a car.

  • @ Capri 73,

    charming thought. Perhaps just the right solution to decarbonize shunting operations, reactivate disused routes with little effort, and cover less frequented costs to cover costs?

    The batteries could be carried in tenders, so that railcars or shunting locos themselves would not have to be connected to the network and could be used 24/7 without charging time.

    Germany is full of former train paths and former train station buildings. Although much was torn down, rebuilt and rebuilt, rail transport has long been an issue for historians and archaeologists too ...

    The railway was once and for many years very creative to connect even small places and to cope with low freight and passenger costs to cover costs.
    Light rail buses were used if necessary.

    Today, battery operation could usefully fill this gap and possibly make routes lucrative for which an overhead line has to be provided, maintained and does not pay off?

    The connection between post and train was sometimes so intimate that the post office was often located directly in the station building in smaller towns.

    Today we rave about (energy) efficiency and environmental protection and dream that Amazone will fly every package individually with an electric drone from a base in nowhere directly to the front door while we sit on the ICE or a Tesla and surf and order the Internet Save the world …

    Something doesn't seem right to me about this vision. The higher the effort (and consumption), the more environmental protection?

    I hope the web reads here. Maybe you can think of a few sensible alternatives to EVs, drones, ICE and Co?

  • Hello Mr. Hürsch, you did not understand me correctly. You already had your ideas at DB. In September 1995, the last DB battery powered railcars were retired. There were over 200 examples of the very powerful 515 series (ETA 150). The batteries (22 tons) were installed under the car floor and were serviced by VARTA. This made these vehicles very reliable for over 35 years!
    The DB also had the appropriate charging infrastructure!
    I recommend the film by the railway courier: battery flash and cigar
    The DB was no longer interested in new vehicles with modern technology.
    Environmental protection only applies to the little citizen, not to the state as soon as it costs money!
    All the talk about the electric car is hypocrisy!
    That's why I continue to drive diesel, just as our DB does.

  • Hello Capri 73,

    “Applies only to (…)” I see just like you. Hence my sermon about the withdrawal of the train from rural areas, from freight traffic etc. ...

    It is politically cheap to target road traffic under such conditions.

    As long as the railways generate prestige projects primarily as an alternative to domestic flights and concentrate on the indispensable in freight transport, they have little to do against road traffic, their contribution to environmental protection remains marginal ...


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