No craving for a Toyota Prius or a Nissan Leaf? A Tesla wouldn't be cool enough either? 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 if Saab were still making cars. Or maybe an electric car from NEVS, if you had the courage to try something extraordinary. But there is probably less of a possibility.
The Saab 96 Electric is based on a combustion engine from 1969. The conversion to the electric car took place in 2009, and the way it was done sets the 96 Electric apart 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 level 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 remodelers consistently refrained from using displays and other style inconsistencies 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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