When NEVS (National Electric Vehicle Sweden) bought main assets of Saab in 2012 their goal was to start producing fully electric cars. In late 2013 they resumed production of the 9-3 Aero saloon with a combustion engine and now finally have introduced the 9-3 Electric Vehicle prototype.
Essentially identical to the 9-3 Aero Saloon, the electric version has batteries placed under the floor, keeping the full interior and luggage space, while also offering a lower centre of gravity and a 50/50 weight distribution.
“We are happy to present the result of Nevs engineering into a real Saab EV product. The Saab cars’ well-known performance and safety is maintained and we foresee a very good product for the market. When we developed the Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan Model Year 14, we focused on enhancing the driving experience, safety and quality. And the starting point for our development of the Electric Vehicle project was to maintain all the good attributes and characteristics”, said Stig Nodin, Vice President Engineering and Product Development.
The 138bhp electric motor takes the electric Saab from 0-60mph in 10 seconds on its way to a top speed of 74mph. The range from a full charge is around 124 miles.
There is no word when the production model comes, but NEVS did mention the prototype series is to enhance the understanding of EV’s in the complete company and to serve as a reference for specification of coming production model(s).