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Saab to debut electric prototype at Paris show

Saab will unveil the 9-3 ePower; the prototype for a test fleet of 70 vehicles, in October at the Paris Motor Show.

Saab will unveil the 9-3 ePower, the prototype for a test fleet of 70 vehicles. Saab

Saab will unveil its first-ever electric vehicle prototype, the 9-3 ePower, at the Paris Motor Show, October 2 to 17.

The 9-3 ePower is the prototype for a test fleet of 70 vehicles that Saab plans to have in field trials in Sweden early next year, the company said in a news release.

With a projected driving range of more than 100 miles, the 9-3 ePower runs on a 135 kW/184 hp electric motor and a 35.5 kWh lithium ion battery pack. It is able to go from 0 to 62 mph in 8.5 seconds, with a top speed of 93 mph.

"This program is designed to evaluate the potential for developing a high performance, zero-emission electric vehicle and is an important next-step in the extension of our EcoPower propulsion strategy," said Mats Fägerhag, the executive director of vehicle engineering at Saab Automobile.

The battery pack has been tested at extreme temperatures and is designed to charge in 3 to 6 hours with recharge cycles equivalent to about 10 years. The 9-3 ePower uses air, instead of liquid, for cooling, which lowers operating costs and makes for a lighter vehicle.

"The 9-3 ePower program is our first step towards developing a potential production vehicle that will deliver the sort of advanced performance our customers expect," said Jan Åke Jonsson, Saab Automobile's CEO. "We now look forward to working with our technical partners in developing such a product."

The Saab ePower is the first electric vehicle from Saab. Saab
The Saab ePower is powered by a 135 kW/184 hp electric motor Saab