National Electric Vehicle Sweden (Nevs) has unveiled a new prototype Saab electric vehicle, after announcing cash flow problems earlier in the year.
Two years ago, Nevs acquired Saab Automobile’s bankruptcy estate with the view of manufacturing EVs at the Saab factory in Trollhättan, Sweden. Now, after financial problems of their own, Nevs has renewed their ambition with a recent showing of a prototype Saab 9-3 EV.
The EV is a modified Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan, powered by 100kW electric motor. This returns a top speed of just 75mph, however, Nevs say they are working to increase power to 150kW and in turn raising the EVs top speed.
The Saab 9-3 EV’s range is slightly more promising however, which Nevs say is currently set at around 120 miles on a full charge. Nevs also highlight the cars 50/50 weight distribution, which maintains the Sedan’s “famous driving-experience”.
Nevs are keen to emphasise the EV is very much a prototype and will serve as a reference for upcoming production models.
Stig Nodin, Vice President Engineering and Product Development, said “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 ”