The car shown in Trollhättan today is one from the first prototype series of cars and it was produced in the Trollhättan plant in May.

The car shown in Trollhättan today is one from the first prototype series of cars and it was produced in the Trollhättan plant in May.

NEVS has presented a Saab 9-3 Electric Vehicle designed and produced as part of a prototype series in Trollhättan.

The car is a modified Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan with batteries are under the floor, keeping the full interior space as well as the luggage compartment intact, Nevs says. With that, it claims "the Saab 9-3 EV is just as practical as the Saab 9-3 Aero with gasoline engine".

NEVS claims the Saab 9-3's "famous driving-experience is of course preserved in the EV," helped by its low 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 car shown in Trollhättan today is one from the first prototype series of cars and it was produced in the Trollhättan plant in May.

The car is equipped with lithium-ion batteries from Beijing National Battery Technology, a company within the Chinese group of green tech companies owned by Kai Johan Jiang's company National Modern Energy Holdings Ltd.

In this phase of the development the performance of the prototype series are limited to:

  • The range for this prototype series of cars is approximately 200 km.
  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h, 0-60 mph 10 sec.
  • Maximum speed of 120 km/h.
  • Engine power 140 hp, 100 kW.

NEVS said it is working on prototypes for multiple reasons:

  • To enhance the understanding of EV's in the complete company.
  • To serve as a reference for specification of coming production model(s).
  • To be used as a test bench for technical development.
  • To verify the manufacturing setup.

However, while the emergence of a prototype will be seen as a positive development for the NEVS project by some, the company's financial position remains subject to some uncertainty.

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