Saab goes Electric with ePower

Swedish automaker Saab will debut its first attempt at an electric vehicle next month at the Paris Motor Show.

The automaker almost faced closure at the beginning of the year, but now is back with the Saab 9-3 ePower that is meant to serve as a prototype for a new electric fleet of Saabs that will be released in Sweden during the first quarter of 2011.

The new vehicle will have 135kW motor that can reach up to speeds of 150km/h and is thought to have a driving range that reaches to around 200km.

Saab also announced that the battery will be able to provide full power in all temperatures including those that reach down to -30C which is well below the average levels that a battery pack on the market can reach currently.

Seventy ePowers are due to hit Sweden for testing purposes over the next year with the CEO for Saab, Jan Ake Jonsson, claiming that Saab will be part of the growing and vital electrical vehicle market.