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Saab 9-3 with all-electric propulsion


driving range 200 km approx.

cells set benchmark for energy

User trials with test fleet starting year

Saab Automobile is its first step towards an all-electric vehicle with the 9-3 ePower.

Making its public at the Paris Motor Show this month, the Saab 9-3 is the prototype for a test fleet of 70 which will participate in field trials in Sweden next year.

The performance of the will be evaluated under a of real world driving as part of the development process for a electric Saab vehicle. to be verified include a projected range of approximately 200 kilometers the use of high density energy in lithium-ion battery cells.

The Saab ePower is the first vehicle from Saab and is a of a co-operation between Saab Boston Power (batteries), in Sweden AB (electric power Innovatum (project management) and Circle ( Sweden ‘s power industry trade

Mid-sized sports combi zero emissions

The Saab 9-3 is the first all-electric car to offer its the comfort and size of a wagon Saab engineers have an electrical architecture within the and dimensions of a ‘conventional’ 9-3 SportCombi.

the hood is a 135 kW/184 hp electric driving the front wheels a single-speed transmission. Instant enables zero to 100 km/h is just 8.5 seconds, together a top speed of 150 km/h.

The compact yet 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery is accommodated in a modified floor-pan, in space within the car’s previously occupied by the exhaust and fuel tank. This an optimum weight distribution and driving dynamics similar to of a standard SportCombi.

Inside the cabin, a conventional, gearshift lever provides of ‘drive’, ‘neutral’, ‘park’ and The rev-counter, fuel and turbo displays in the main instrument are replaced by read-outs for battery power consumption and driving all illuminated in green. To optimize an electric park brake is

Electro-hydraulic power steering is and the cabin is equipped with air conditioning, via a compressor powered by the pack. A separate 12-volt for the lights and cabin ancillaries, is charged from the battery via a current transformer.

The operation of the powertrain is controlled by a version of own in-house Trionic 8 engine system, with new software for an electric vehicle application.

Long driving range excellent durability

The Saab 9-3 projected driving range of 200 kilometers pushes out the boundaries for EV performance. Key to its long range are cells which have an storage density substantially than the best currently in EV applications. High energy also contributes to a lower weight.

The battery pack has a of 35.5 kW/h and is designed to with full power in temperatures as low as -30 degrees C, at least 10 C below the operating level of battery packs on the market Another key benefit is the use of air, of liquid, cooling which to lower cost and further in the pack’s design.

The pack is to support re-charge cycles to about ten years average It can be fully recharged from a mains supply in about to six hours, depending on depletion Charging times can be greatly if the voltage of the electrical feed is as there is no limitation on the battery’s capacity.

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Test driving experience is to validate the performance of this battery pack, which is to operate reliably within a depletion ‘buffer’ set at only 12 of total capacity, a much operating margin than in the management of other packs.

Its battery cells are also the to receive a Nordic Ecolabel for their environmental safety and which includes manufacturing

The 9-3 ePower meets the high worthiness standards that applies to all its vehicles. The car’s pack is located outside the compartment in non-deformable structural well protected and encapsulated. The management and monitoring system safe performance during driving and in crash conditions.

user trials

Hundreds of drivers and their will be enlisted by Saab and its partners during a extensive driving and evaluation program a 70-strong fleet of Saab 9-3 in central, west and eastern during 2011-12.

The Saab project team in Trollhattan monitor the performance of the cars a wide variety of usage and driving conditions. To log essential data, all vehicles will be with aircraft-style, black box

This program is designed to the potential for developing a high zero emission electric and is an important next-step in the extension of our propulsion strategy, says Fagerhag, Executive Director, Engineering at Saab Automobile.

includes engine rightsizing, exploits Saab expertise in as well as the use of alternative fuel, as bio-ethanol through Saab technology.

Jan Ake Jonsson. Saab CEO adds: By 2015, annual sales of electric vehicles are to reach 500,000 units and is determined to be represented in this growing segment,

The 9-3 ePower program is our first towards developing a potential vehicle that will the sort of advanced performance our expect. We now look forward to with our technical partners in such a product.

SOURCE Cars North America

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