For the techies – power to Saab’s electric test vehicles

Press release…. relating to fleet of 70 electric vehicles that Saab will be testing this year.

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UQM Technologies PowerPhase® Electric Propulsion System Powers Saab 9-3 ePower All-Electric Development Test Fleet

  • Saab 9-3 ePower test fleet of 70 vehicles will be powered by UQM Technologies electric motors and controllers
  • Deliveries of PowerPhase 135kW systems to Saab began in Q3 of CY 2010
  • These electric propulsion systems for the Saab 9-3 ePower vehicles were previously announced by UQM as an order from an international OEM
  • UQM has in place validated production lines for its PowerPhase 100 and 135kW systems with annual capacity of 40,000 systems

LONGMONT, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–UQM Technologies, Inc. (NYSE Amex: UQM), a developer of alternative-energy technologies, has been selected by Saab to power its all-electric Saab 9-3 ePower development test fleet. Initial deliveries began in the third calendar quarter of 2010 and will continue through CY 2011.

“This order from Saab reinforces our ability to meet the performance, quality and cost needs of international automobile companies developing electric and hybrid vehicles,” said Eric Ridenour, President and CEO of UQM Technologies. “The PowerPhase 135kW systems for Saab are being built on our validated production lines with annual capacity of 40,000 systems. These production lines are among the many steps we have taken to fully prepare UQM to grow from test-fleet programs to production fulfillment.”

The UQM PowerPhase 135 kW electric propulsion systems will power the 70 Saab 9-3 ePower test fleet vehicles. The 9-3 ePower program is the first step towards developing a potential Saab production vehicle. The PowerPhase 135kW features a power-dense 135 kW/181 hp electric motor and advanced control system. Saab will use our propulsion system with a single-speed transmission, and the company has published performance estimates of 100 km/hr (62 mph) acceleration in just 8.5 seconds together with a top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph). Saab will begin field trials of the test fleet in Sweden early this year.

“We are looking forward to working with Saab through its automotive testing and qualification program with our PowerPhase electric propulsion system,” said Ridenour. “Our history of technological innovation in developing electric propulsion systems combined with extensive production engineering capabilities gives us a unique advantage in meeting the development and production needs of vehicle manufacturers.”

About UQM Technologies

UQM Technologies is a developer and manufacturer of power-dense, high-efficiency electric motors, generators and power electronic controllers for the automotive, aerospace, military and industrial markets. A major emphasis for UQM is developing products for the alternative-energy technologies sector, including propulsion systems for electric, hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric and fuel cell electric vehicles, under-the-hood power accessories and other vehicle auxiliaries. UQM headquarters, engineering, product development center and manufacturing operation are located in Longmont, Colorado.

turbin
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turbin
5 years 7 months ago

Bewdie!

theSandySaab
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theSandySaab
5 years 7 months ago

Hmmm, interesting.
But what happened to the original ElectroEngine? Were they replaced by UQM at one stage, or what’s the organisation now?
I realized the ePowered 9-3 was rather different from the original TrueElectric setup, why I don’t know…
Swade, anyone?

Engineer
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Engineer
5 years 7 months ago

No they weren’t replaced. Electroengine was never considered as a supplier for motors / inverters. That was a misinterpretation from the beginning. They
supply battery management software.

bk-aero
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bk-aero
5 years 7 months ago

UQM also supplied the propulsion system for the RUF Greenster
No day without any news, is there?

Jeff
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Jeff
5 years 7 months ago

One thing that’s incredibly cool about the unit is how goddamn small it is, only 1′ in diameter. 180+ hp from a 1′ cylinder. Crazy stuff.

theSandySaab
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theSandySaab
5 years 7 months ago

It seems the deal for UQM to deliver motors and controls was decided over a year ago, nothing new there. ElectroEngine, EE (as Engineer stated) is delivering the TEBS, which relates to battery technology and includes balancing and controlling, electrical safety and distribution. There was no motor manufacturing capacity of the prototype setup for serial production of the 70 test cars. However, a lot is happening fast and there is a lot to read here:
TrueElectric
TEBS
TEM
Who will supply the Saab electrical/hybrid driveline for actual production is still open.
Personally I hope for as much manufacturing in Sweden as possible…
Voltage UP!

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