Brandon Hollinger is a guy who some of you may have heard of before. There was a few articles about his project at Saab History a year or so ago.
Today, his endeavours at electrifying his Saab 96 (as if it wasn’t electrifying enough!) have been covered online at Philly.com.
Hollinger got serious and in 2008 bought the 1970 Saab on eBay and combined it with some parts from a 1968. Then he used a regular three-month winter break from the theater in 2009 to go electric.
Hollinger had to fashion mounts for the motor, the controller, and the batteries.
And now that he’s had it running for well over a year, he’s actually looking to do it for others….
Now BH Electrics (Hollinger’s home business) has gotten the endorsement of the electric vehicle supply and engineering company Electric Vehicles of America. Bob Batson, owner of the Wolfeboro, N.H., company, said he and his handful of employees put together the engineering calculations plus a manual and DVD specific to the vehicle.
It would be strange to see this little car whistling down the street but on the other hand, it’s kind of cool that a Saab 96 is getting a second chance and making a statement like this.
Have any of you ever considered taking an old, clapped out Saab and giving it a new lease of life this way? According to the Philly.com article, it’ll cost you around $10K to do this to an existing car.
Hmmm. $10K on a restoration, or $10K on electrification. I’m not sure I’m that big a treehugger just yet. But it’d sure be interesting to see the results and try them out.