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Saab 9-3 EV prototype revealed by NEVS

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0700

Saab 9-3 EV prototype revealed by NEVS

When National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) bought what was left after the debacle of bankruptcy, the plan was to create a range of electric cars using the Saab brand. But that hasn’t gone to plan, even though the first electric Saab 9-3 Prototype has now been revealed. In fact, Saab under NEVS has also come close to bankruptcy recently as an unpaid supplier took court action (although NEVS say that little local difficulty has been solved) and NEVS had to resort to building ICE engined Saabs to keep a few bob coming in.

But now – at the same time as looking for a partner to help share the burden of making Saab an EV manufacturer – NEVs has revealed their first electric car prototype, a Saab 9-3 that looks just like it always did but with an electric power plant lurking under the skin.

Although NEVS aren’t exactly forthcoming with detail, they do say the 9-3 EV gets an electric motor delivering 140 PS and able to get the 9-3 top 62mph in around 10 seconds and offer a range of 125 miles.

NEVS also say that the packaging of the 9-3 EV means there is no loss of space in the cabin as the (unspecified) battery bank has been located under the floor and that the 9-3 EV gets a 50:50 weight distribution.

NEVS are planning to use a small fleet of 9-3 EV prototypes to further develop the platform and drivetrain before it goes in to production. When that will happen remains to be seen.

By Cars UK