AMS check out the ElectroEngine Saab 9-3 Convertible
October 2, 2009 in Saabology
There was a lot of noise (pardon the pun) made about the ElectroEngine Saab 9-3 Convertible a few months ago when it was displayed at a big think tank event in Sweden called Almedalen Week 2009.
All’s been quiet since then but that doesn’t mean nothing’s been going on. Electro Engine seem to have increased the range of their vehicles and are hoping to do a limited run of 100 vehicles next year, a project that Saab are reportedly quite agreeable to.
The guys over at Auto Motor and Sport recently headed to Uppsala and checked out the vehicle for themselves. The car runs 300 kilometers on a charge, has over 330hp, goes from 0-100km/h in just 6.3 seconds and is scheduled to be priced at around half the cost of a Tesla.
Their main question was….. what’s the catch?
Well, you’ll have to buy the magazine, either at the news stand or digitally in order to find out if there is one, but it seems that Alrik from AMS came away from the test drive very impressed.
The 100 vehicles built next year will be evaluation vehicles that will be used to verify the car’s battery backs – the key to the whole package. The battery packs store more energy and charge faster, but perhaps more importantly, they’re constructed in such a way that if one of the cells of the battery pack is faulty, the individual cell can be replaced, which is much cheaper than replacing the whole battery pack.
This is a very exciting development, with Saab right in the middle of it.