Over the last few years the Saab had a pretty tough period but it seems that better times are coming for this brand. According to reports we will be able to see the 2015 Saab 9-3 EV pretty soon delivered to the Chinese market, about 200 units has been already pre-ordered.
Let’s talk little about the previous few years and Saab Company. General Motors controlled Saab but finally decided to give up and in 2010 Spyker becomes new owner. This did not last long and only a year later Swedish company declared bankruptcy, for many this was the end of the story but some people thought differently.
Review Of 2015 Saab 9-3 EV
Chinese automaker Youngman than tried to get their fingers in this mix but GM managed to block the transaction and transition of this brand and owned technology to the new owner. Not long after that Saab company did end up in hands of another Chinese consortium that has been called NEVS (National Electric Vehicle Sweden). There were reports that this consortium will help out to restart the production of the 9-3 model but that they will also further develop and commit to delivery of electric powertrains.
Result of the work and investments is the 2015 Saab 9-3 EV that has been developed and already 200 units has been ordered. These first units will be offered to Qingdao, Chinese city where the headquarters of Tsingtao company is located, this is a company that owns about 22 percent of NEVS and are the ideal for delivery of a first batch of units.
When it comes to the setup of the car and technology that has been used in the 2015 Saab 9-3 EV we are still pretty much short on details but we do hope that additional details will be delivered pretty short. According to reports this model will come with battery pack that is mounted in floor so it would offer better handling, stability and lower center of gravity. Range predictions suggest that the fully charged battery pack will be able to return about 124 miles of drive before it needs to be recharged again.
2015 Saab 9-3 EV Specs
Power consumption for a vehicle like this one could be about 30 kWh per 100 miles which means that it could come with battery pack that is slightly larger than 30 kWh. Electric motor power is not yet stated but we do expect more details to be leaked pretty soon. Range of 124 miles is neatly set to be just between 200+ miles that Tesla Model S offers and Nissan Leaf which comes with lower number.
We certainly do hope that NEVS and Saab will be able to improve electric vehicle market with their products and that new models from this car maker will be able to compete with other similar models. Price is yet to be announced but we do hope that it will be similarly priced with Nissan Leaf or in that range.