Saab zero emissions ePower vehicles at Almedalen

Almedalen Week is an annual political and interest group love-in held in picturesque Visby, on the island of Gotland off Sweden’s east coast.

During this year’s Almedalen Week there will be a display of electric vehicles, and of course the Saab 9-3 ePower will be included in that display. Moreover there will also be two more Saab 9-3 ePower vehicles available for people attending the event to take for a test drive (or more accurately, be taken for a test drive – only Saab staff at Almedalen are allowed to drive but visitors can go for a ride).

This is not the first time an electric Saab 9-3 has graced Almedalen Week. In fact, the Saab 9-3 ePower’s genesis in the form of the True Electric 9-3 Convertible was on display at the show back in 2009.

The Saab 9-3 ePower is a collaboration between Saab Automobile, Boston power (battery partner), Electro Engine (battery management), Innovatum (project management) and Power Circle (electrical expertise). You can also see a background article on the construction of these zero emissions vehicles, which are based on the Saab 9-3 SportCombi.

The Saab 9-3 ePower vehicles will be on display at Almedalen Week from July 3 to 7 and whilst we’re not there personally, we will try to bring you more coverage from Almedalen this week.

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  1. Unless the power originated from a source such as hydro electric or wind I fail to see how the car can be zero emissions, can you explain ?

    1. The car itself is zero emissions even if its use might end up with net emissions due to power source used by the operator.  Saab make no claims about the source of power people might use to charge the battery, however in your own question you concede that there are renewable sources of power that can preserve the zero emissions footprint of the vehicle, correct?

    2. Sapro,
      I don’t understand that a car with an inner combustion engine is only “responsible” for the CO2 produced during the use of the energy, but an electric car is “responsible” for the CO2 during the generation and the use of the energy.

      The extraction of Oil from the Soil generates CO2, the transport of the Oil to the refinery generates CO2. The transformation of Oil into petrol generates CO2, the distribution of the petrol to the gas stations generates CO2.

      Let use the same criteria for any type of car, this makes them comparable.

      BTW, I’m not pro e-car, it has as many positive as negative sides, but for some specific uses an E-car is best.