• May 24, 2011
Saab 9-3 ePower assembly – Click above for high-res image gallery

Despite Spyker's adventures in Chinese business negotiation, Saab is doing everything in its power to try and push forward. The 9-4X is reportedly the only Saab vehicle currently being produced, but it seems another is also coming to life. A fleet of Saab 9-3 ePower electric wagons are being put together for testing.

Hand-assembled in a room just off the main assembly line, the 9-3 ePower is Saab's first all-electric vehicle, and the automaker will be establishing a test fleet of 70 vehicles. The battery system is said to be good for a 124-mile range with a top speed of around 90 miles per hour. Fleet testing is scheduled to begin later this year.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      90mph is more than the average motorist in most countries needs... and assuming the recharge time is acceptable, 124 miles is a fine range considering that the average American commutes about 30 miles a day round trip--significantly less in most European countries. Just hoping that the vintage-2003 9-3 bodies in these pics doesn't mean Saab is delaying the new 9-3 by too long!
      • 3 Years Ago
      The battery in that is pretty amazing, it's called a "swing cell" by Boston Power, and isn't as temperature sensative especially at low temps as other lithium ion batteries. 93% efficient at -30°C. Leave it to the Swedish to handle the cold well.