A 1972 SAAB 96 Electric Vehicle Saab History

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A 1972 SAAB 96 Electric Vehicle

With everyone going green these days, it does not surprise me when I received the following information from a colleague. Apparently, a Saab Enthusiast by the name of Christen Johansen in New York, has recently outfitted a beautiful 1972 SAAB 96 into a full on Electric Vehicle or EV .


This is certainly not the first Saab or vintage SAAB that has had the necessary modifications in order to run with electric power. Back in 1993, Walter Kern, a physicist by trade and also the creator of the SAAB Quantum. designed and re-engineered a 1974 SAAB Sonett III to run on electrical power.

Here are some additional videos covering this project that are of particular historic importance regarding this project: Pierson to Person. Environmental Forum. Newsbeat 53

It seems that Duke University also had an interest in also converting a 1972 SAAB Sonett III, although I am unsure if Walter Kern Dave Hosmer s work inspired them to do the same.

All in all, it seems that there has been a lot of interest these days in people converting their vehicles from conventional fuel systems to more economical and environmental ones such as electricity. Just look at the progress Mark Ward in Missouri has made just this week with his new generation Saab 900 nicknamed Saabrina .

Leave it up Saab Enthusiasts, who hold the record as some of the most intelligent and progressive automobile enthusiasts and the world and you have projects like these cropping up everywhere now.

I leave you with an informative piece written by Christen Johansen on his beautiful yet highly sophisticated 1972 SAAB 96 as depicted in the photographs:

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I have avery simple system designed by Electric Vehicles of America (Bob Batson) with additional tech know how and parts from Electro-Automotive (Mike Brown). It s basically a 96 volt traction system (16) 6 volt lead/acid deep cycle (golf cart) batteries connected to an Advanced DC motor through a Curtis controller.

The motor is mounted directly to the standard SAAB 4 speed transmission with a spacer and adapter plates with bolt patterns fitting the motor and transmission bell housing.

I do have regenerative braking, which is a wiring modification of the basic system which is transparent to the traction system until you toggle a switch on the turn signal and energize the motor field, changing the motor into a generator. The degree of braking is based on the controller s demand (how far you depress the accelerator and the batteries ability to absorb more energy, you would not want to roll out of your hill top garage with a fully charged battery pack and expect the regen to slow you down much.

Springs and struts are upgraded as the car weighs 1,000 pounds more than the original V4 model, tire pressure is about 50 lbs all around, 6 batteries in front (straddling the motor), 2 in the back seat (I cut 13 out of the middle of the back seat and 8 in the trunk where the gas tank and spare tire were located.

Top speed on the flat is around 65 mph, and the range is about 75 miles. It cost me about $10,000. to do the restoration and conversion. I think I spent about $3000 on the restoration and paint job.

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