I had cause to wander around a Swedish Saab forum yesterday and saw some interesting info posted there about Saab’s EV program. It’s unconfirmed, which is why I didn’t share it here and by referring to it today, I’m not saying it’s news in any way at all. I’m not on the Saab news train.
I’m mentioning it here because a post from Autoblog earlier today made it seem just a little bit funny.
The post on the Swedish forum had some info that sounded like it was taken from a meeting of some sort. The relevant bit of information for this story is that it mentioned some range figures for Saab’s EV’s.
The first figure mentioned was “25 mil” and the second figure mentioned was “50 mil”. If NEVS can achieve those range figures, that’ll be quite impressive – if you know what those figures mean in the Swedish context.
More on that in a moment…..
Autoblog picked up on a story from Auto Motor and Sport overnight, a story on Saab commencing the production of 200 EV’s that will be sent to China for testing.
Here’s Auto Motor and Sport, via Google translate:
This fall will start series production of electric Saab 9-3 and from next year, you can buy yourself an electric car at Nevs. In the first phase, the range is about 20 mil, but as the battery development increases, the range extended.
And here’s Autoblog, before they got schooled in their own comments section on Swedish distance measurements:
These first EVs have their batteries mounted down low in the chassis for a low center of gravity and have a range of about 20 miles on a full charge. That’s absolutely paltry compared to the other EVs on the market: a Nissan Leaf will travel more than four times that distance, and a Tesla Model S will go ten times farther on a charge.
Oops. Autoblog have obviously not heard the saying “to assume makes an ass of u and me.” With Google translate giving them no direct translation of “mil” they just figured it meant mile and ran with their story. Wrong move, guys.
When you’re reading Swedish stuff about distance, a “mil” is a Swedish term for the measurement of 10 kilometres.
So when AMS say the range will be “20 mil”, it means 200 kilometres to us non-Swedes (or just over 120 US miles).
The Swedish forum guy I happened to come across yesterday was quoting an initial range of 25 mil, or 250 kilometres, which would eventually top out at 50 mil, or 500 kilometres, when the top line model is released.
That’s quite a bit further than a paltry 20 miles and pretty competitive with the Tesla Model S in terms of distance 🙂
No, I have no idea about the accuracy of the Swedish forum guy’s information but he seemed to have a reasonable amount of it.