The vehicle comes with an electric unit that delivers 135 kW of power (184 hp) and uses 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. This can be charged using a standard household outlet, with the operation taking a time of less than six hours.
The vehicle can deal with the 0 to 62 mph sprint in 8.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 93 mph (150 km/h), while offering a driving range of 124 miles (200 km).
Saab isn’t planing to put the 9-3 ePower into production. Instead, a fleet of 70 units of the vehicle will perform multiple tests as part of a development program that will create a purpose-built electric Saab car.
“Inside the cabin, a conventional, automatic-style gearshift lever provides selection of ‘drive', ‘neutral', ‘park' and ‘reverse'. 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, all illuminated in green. To optimize space, an electric park brake is fitted,” stated the press release, describing the vehicle's interior.
You can check the press release bellow (PDF file) for the full details of the car.
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