Saab's electric 9-3 will have a 200km range

Saab’s electric 9-3 will have a range of 200km

UQM Technologies will provide the electric motors for a test fleet of 70 Saab 9-3 ePower models, the US-based developer of alternative-energy technologies said.

Beginning this autumn, UQM will start delivering its 135kW, 184hp PowerPhase electric motors to Saab. The 9-3 ePower will be able to accelerate from 0 to 100km/hour in 8.5 seconds. It will have a top speed of 150 km/h and, using a lithium-ion battery pack, the car has a projected driving range of 200km.

“This order from Saab reinforces our ability to meet the performance, quality and cost needs of international automobile companies developing electric and hybrid vehicles,” said Eric Ridenour, president and CEO of UQM Technologies.

UQM has capacity to build 40,000 systems a year and said it is ready for full production.

The 9-3 ePower program is the first step toward developing a potential Saab production vehicle. The Swedish premium carmaker will use the propulsion system with a single-speed transmission. The 9-3 ePower test fleet will begin field trials in Sweden early this year.

Spyker Cars of the Netherlands acquired Saab from General Motors in February, 2010.