e-AAM is the new venture that will supply the rear electric drive units that will go into the Saab 9-3 replacement vehicle late in 2012. The company is owned one-third by Saab and two-thirds by American Axle and has a whole bunch of (now former) Saab people working in Trollhattan, including Peter Johansson, the father of XWD.
They recently did some testing/drive events at Kinnekulle racetrack and handily for us, they took a video camera.
There’s not a lot you can see in these videos, though the “roller” video is definitely an interesting insight, as is the uphill start in the second video.
e-AAM e-AWD/Hybrid system with Torque Vectoring. Saab Prototype vehicle on rollers. Electric motor on rear axel powers the vehicle in the event of no grip at front axle. The system has several patents and first customer launch is 2012. Lexus RX450 MY10 with standard electric AWD used as reference.
Electric Torque Vectoring on rear axle gives the vehicle outstanding chassis performance. The system has several patents and first customer launch is 2012.
Prototype vehicle on Kinnekulle race track