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First test drive of Saab 9-3 EV

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Elbilen I Sverige magazine in Sweden was the first newspaper in Sweden who had the opportunity to test drive the electric car Saab 9-3 in Trollhättan 3 September.


The powertrain of new Saab 9-3 EV is supplied by American AC Propulsion, and the motor, inverter and the complete electronics package. The engine has 150 kW (204 hp), but is actually 100 KW (136 HP) limited. The batteries of the prototype are air-cooled, but they will receive later in the series production water cooling. Recuperation of energy recovery during braking, is still under construction. Gears are selected via buttons in the usual scheme of PRND.

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First test drive of Saab 9-3 EV the visitor can not see, only staff of Elbilen I Sverige magazine. The tests track begins with two sharp curves, which are limited to 70 Km / h, followed by a long straight, immediately afterwards follows the velodrome. You could take this passage with 120 Km / h.


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After test driving the magazine editors stated: “After the first few laps and a bit “tough” start it is really fun to drive the car.

The Saab 9-3 EV“, writes “Ebilen i Sverige“, “still has a long way to go. But it could be from something “very big”. The car feels solid, responds well to all maneuvers, brakes good“. And also: “We keep our fingers crossed that the economic problems are resolved as soon as possible”.

Goran Aničić
the authorGoran Aničić
For over 10 years, Goran Aničić has been passionately focused on Saab automobiles and everything related to them. His initial encounter with Saab cars took place back in 2003 when the first Saab 9-3 and sedan version were introduced. At that moment, he was captivated by the car's Scandinavian design logic and top-notch engineering, and everything that followed stemmed from that first encounter. Later on, through his work at the editorial team of the Serbian automotive magazines "Autostart" and later "AutoBild," he had the opportunity to engage more closely with Saab vehicles. In 2008, he tested the latest Saab cars of that time, such as the Saab 9-3 TTiD Aero and Saab 9-3 Turbo X. In 2010, as the sole blogger from the region, he participated in the Saab 9-5ng presentation in Trollhättan, Sweden. Alongside journalists from around the world, he got a firsthand experience of the pinnacle of technological offerings from Saab at that time. Currently, Goran owns two Saabs: a 2008 Saab 9-3 Vector Sportcombi with a manual transmission, and a Saab 9-3 Aero Griffin Sport Sedan from the last generation, which rolled off the production line in Trollhättan in December 2011.

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