The Saab 9-3 ePower will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show in October. The Saab 9-3 ePower is the prototype for a test fleet of seventy vehicles that will participate in field trials in Sweden next year.
The Saab 9-3 ePower is the first electric vehicle from Saab. It will be capable of 93 mph and will accelerate to 62mpg in just 8.5 seconds. The lithium-ion battery pack is accommodated in a modified floor-pan in a spaced occupied by the exhaust system and fuel tank on the standard 9-3 Sport Wagon. The Saab 9-3 ePower's projected driving range is approximately 124 miles.
To optimize space inside the Saab 9-3 ePower an electric park brake is fitted. The rev counter, fuel and turbo boost displays in the main instrument cluster are replaced by read outs for battery status, power consumption and driving range and all are illuminated in green.
Jan Åke Jonsson, Saab Automobile’s CEO said “by 2015, annual global sales of electric vehicles are expected to reach 500,000 units and Saab is determined to be represented in this important, growing segment.