Right now, there are 10 electric test vehicles in the hands of various companies and government agencies in Sweden. That test fleet will be boosted by another 70 vehicles in the hands of selected private customers later this year (pick me, pick me!!).
In the meantime, Saab and ElectroEngine will be showing off the vehicles at the Paris Auto Show….
– Yes, this is of course a technology concept. It’s about showing off technology that can be used in vehicles [that follow],” says chief engineer Mats Fägerhag.
TTELA point out that this is not Saab’s first “green” concept to go on show. They’ve had the BioHybrid convertible and the E100 BioPower concept, along with others in other countries. They also had a hand in powertrain development for the upcoming Chevy Volt and Opel Ampera vehicles that have gone from concept to (pre)production.
All of that, however, hasn’t led to a production ‘green’ vehicle for Saab – yet.
It is clear that Saab, with extensive expertise in the field, will soon have its own options in the area to show off.
– We do not comment on future products, but there is news [still to come] for both the short and long term,” says Mats Fägerhag.
The Paris Auto Show is on from October 2-17.
Saab are not expected to have anything substantially new to look at, though they will premiere new, lower emissions versions of their 9-3 range and of course, the 2011 Saab 9-5.
There is some hope that they might also announce some form of new technology partnership(s), however this is still just conjecture and hopeful expectation at this point.
Thanks Tobias, for the tip!