Although some reports were saying that Saab owner National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) was facing financial difficulties, the company surprised us all when it unveiled the 9-3 electric vehicle. The vehicle you see in the photos is based on the Saab 9-3 and uses an electric motor that generates 140 hp (100 kW) which takes its energy from the lithium-ion battery pack produced by Beijing National Battery Technology.
The prototype vehicle can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 10 seconds and offers a top speed of 120 km/h or 74.5 mph. What is more interesting is that the vehicle has a range of almost 200 km (124 miles), which is considerably more than most of the electric vehicles found on the market, except the Tesla Model S of course.
As expected, the 9-3 EV is in fact a modified Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan and the batteries are located under the floor, which means that the vehicle retains its interior space and luggage compartment.
Due to the fact that the batteries are located under the floor, the vehicle has a low center of gravity and 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. [source: WorldCarFans.com]