Electroengine, The Company Behind True Electric Saabs

Posted on 15. Dec, 2009 by in 2000-2009


Photo Credit: Electro Engine

Here is some background on Electroengine, The Company Behind True Electric Saabs that launched their first test vehicles in June this year in Sweden.


The Swedish company Electroengine in Sweden AB has developed a new system that makes it possible to adapt standard cars with internal combustion engines to high performance electric cars. A demonstration vehicle was on public display at the annual Almedal week in Gotland, Sweden, and the official launch took place on 29th June at 9.00 am in Visby harbour.

The system, which is entitled True Electric™, can be used directly in the production of new cars. It can also be used to convert existing cars to be purely electrically operated cars. This can be done without compromising the safety and performance of the cars. Furthermore, the system has the potential to be considerably more cost-effective than the electric drive systems that are currently on the market. One of its key components is a revolutionary battery management system for which a patent is pending.

Electroengine’s Managing Director, Thomas Bergfjord, comments: “Many people still want to keep driving nice-looking, practical and safe cars with good performance and handling while they are also keen to choose a more environmentally friendly and cost-efficient alternative. True Electric™ now makes it possible to combine the environmentally friendliness and low running costs of electric cars with the functions and performance of existing petrol-driven cars. We can, for example, use our technology to achieve 0-100 km/h acceleration of 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 180 km/h in a SAAB 9-3, as well as being able to drive it 150-200 km purely on electricity without having to change the car’s interior or exterior – thus retaining the luggage space and tow bar.”

According to Christer Asplund, project manager at Power Circle, the organisation promoting the interests of the electricity sector, this is a unique innovation that has the potential to really make an impact in the automotive world. “In this respect we can really talk about an important step forwards and a technological paradigm shift. I also think that this is something car buyers have wanted for some time. There has been a lot of discussion, not least on various online sites and forums, about the need for a really good electric car. A car that combines the advantages of large cars, which are safe and have good performance, with all the advantages offered by electric propulsion in terms of being environmentally friendly as well as having lower running costs. The fact that the first demonstration car is a SAAB is a particularly nice touch.”

Electroengine’s concept is truly unique. Cooperation with vehicle manufacturers has already been initiated, for cars and other types of vehicle as well. Today’s launch is definitely something the long Swedish tradition for innovation and engineering skills can be proud of, both domestically and internationally,” adds Christer Asplund.

Tore Helmersson, Managing Director at Innovatum AB, a development business for Swedish industry based in Trollhättan in Sweden, has been deeply involved in providing support to Electroengine. Innovatum runs a number of future-oriented projects that aim to reduce the current dependency on fossil fuels. “In the long-term, electric cars will form an important element in Swedish vehicle production. Electroengine demonstrates that Swedish innovation skills can pave the way for a technological paradigm shift,” summarises Helmersson.

True Electric™ is a modular and future-oriented system for electric propulsion based on innovations for which patents are pending, including submissions regarding battery management, power electronics and advanced synchronous engines. The system can then be adapted to individual vehicle makes and models.

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