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  • atlas12005 atlas12005 Feb 20, 2014 3:35 PM Flag

    SAAB 9-3 Electric drive

    It looks like SAAB is going with a Japanese supplier for the Electric drive. the article is a little old. But SAAB is putting out 200 electric cars out by April. Who is providing the Electric motor

    "But Saab's previous electric vehicle partners, Boston Power and Electroengine may not be included. The continued electric adaptation of the Saab 9-3 model will be done using advanced EV technology from Japan, writes NEVS in a press release"

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    • Old news. The Electric drive they were referring to was actually the batteries. Now they are using the batteries made in China by NEVS' sister company. Last I heard they were still using UQM motors in all their development. The SaabsUnired blog is a somewhat reliable source of later information.

    • From an article in Torque News on the same day:

      While the initial goal is an electric Saab 9-3, presumably it will be the 9-3 ePower concept car. At the 2010 Paris Auto Show, Saab unveiled the Saab 9-3 ePower, based on the 9-3 SportCombi wagon. That concept car had a 35.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack, a top speed of 93 miles per hour (150 km/h), and an estimated driving range of 125 mi (201 km). It used a 135 kilowatt (181 horsepower) drive train from UQM, and batteries from Boston Power. The ePower was to have begun a two-year trials, with 70 vehicles, in Sweden, with the goal of turning the on-road testing into a production vehicle. There was no word on whether UQM and Boston Power will continue supplying components for the new electric 9-3.

      A presentation released by NEVS shows a roadmap of two electric vehicles. The first, to be launched in 2013/14, and a second to be launched later. The second Saab EV will be based on Japanese electric vehicle technology and the Phoenix platform. It also projects electric car sales in China to be much larger than in other companies, however by 2020 U.S. and Chinese electric car sales should be roughly the same.

      But I feel we've seen something more recent ...

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