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Electroengine, The Company Behind True Electric Saabs

Posted on 15. Dec, 2009 by .

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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.

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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.”
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Electric Vehicles To Be Built In Finland, Not Sweden

Posted on 28. Aug, 2009 by .

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Sweden’s SVT indicates that there won’t be electric cars built by Norwegian company, Think in Trollhattan, Sweden. Instead the company is planning on moving production to the Valmet factory in Uusikaupunki, Finland.

It’s too bad, as I was thinking that there could have been some future production of these vehicles in collaboration with Saab at some point as stated with the Power Circle company consortium in Trollhattan, Sweden as originally planned.

No electric cars in Trollhättan, Production may instead go to Finland

Think electric car can go past the West Sweden and instead be Finnish. The Norwegian electric car manufacturer plans to move production to the Valmet factory in Uusikaupunki, Verdens Gang reported.
While the cars will be manufactured in Finland is responsible for delivering the car’s heart, the batteries, the United States according to the Norwegian newspaper.

Earlier this year, a Swedish Electricity Power Cooperation group Circle painted vision of an electric car cluster in Trollhättan-Uddevalla, where construction of the Think could be an important part.

Think building small electric cars in Aurskog outside Oslo, vehicles going to include car pools in Gothenburg and Oslo. The company has approximately 200 employees, many of them Swedes. The goal was to produce 10 000 vehicles this year, but the recession has brought great economic problems for Think.

The relocation of production is as VG condition from Valmet to the Finnish company will participate in a rescue operation for Think. Valmet in Uusikaupunki have previously built, among other things, Saab 900 Convertible. Now being built where the Porsche Boxster and Cayman models.

When the German sports car giant in 2012, move the production to Austria Valmet plans to start producing super eco-car Fisker Karma – and perhaps then the much more modest Think.

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Saab Enthusiast Converts 1970 SAAB 96 To Electric Power

Posted on 07. Jun, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: (Blaine T. Shahan/Sunday News)

Another Saab Enthusiast by the name of Brandon Hollinger of Pennsylvania, has converted his Saab to 100% Electric Power on his 1970 Saab 96 according to the Lancaster Times.

This a huge accomplishment and very inspiring, now being added to the ranks of Mark Ward with his former 1995 900 NG EV, Christen Johanssen with his 1972 SAAB 96 EV, Duke University’s 1972 Saab Sonett III EV and Walter Kern and his 1974 Saab Sonett III EV.

Are there other Saab EV projects in the works, if so please contact Saab History to tell us about it. Way to Go Brandon!

I encourage you to read his piece below, with a nice video in addition to the photos directly on the article.

This past winter, Brandon Hollinger decided to save on gas by removing the fuel tank from his 1970 Saab.

He also went ahead and pulled the engine.

In their places went a 9-inch electric motor and 16 six-volt lead-acid batteries.

Brandon Hollinger’s electric Saab

The result: a plump-fendered classic that whisks quietly down the street, turning heads, sparking questions.

It’s the reaction Hollinger had been hoping for.

He wants people to know that electrics are six times more efficient than gasoline-powered cars.

He wants them to know that electrics accelerate snappily and can handle easily the day-to-day driving needs of the average motorist.

He wants to un-kill the electric car.

In fact, he said, it was the 2006 documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” that set him on his quest.

The film convinced him that Detroit was dragging its feet launching new-generation electrics. So he decided to construct one himself.

There was one hitch.

The 35-year-old Lancaster man is a professional musician, not a Tappet brother [of the column, “Car Talk]. He was vaguely interested in mechanical stuff. But he’d never read a schematic in his life.
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Saab History Learns That Koenigsegg & Power Circle Are Best Choices As Prospective Saab Automobile Owners

Posted on 30. Apr, 2009 by .

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I have recently received an e-mail from an anonymous insider. This person has indicated that apparently Saab Automobile believes that the Swedish company Koenigsegg & the Swedish investment group (Power Circle) are to be the best possible buyers for their company at this time.

Swedish company, Koenigsegg is the third automobile manufacturer in Sweden and has a long racing history and is touted as the best company to take ownership of Saab Automobile.

Power Circle is a Swedish investment group coupled with Sweden’s Innovatum in Trollhattan and the country’s largest energy provider, Vattenfall. The Norwegian government has also expressed interest in funding the new hybrid development and electric car projects at Saab Automobile as well.

It looks like right now, unless things change, the Swedish investment group, Koenigsegg & the Swedish Government will be the formation of financially supporting Saab Automobile once emerged from reconstruction on May 20th. Having a fully-Swedish owned & invested company will satisfy the requirements of the Swedish Government’s loan guarantees ensuring sustainability and locality keeping all production, talent, engineering, etc. at Saab Automobile in Sweden.

I should mention that the Power Circle group, and all of the parties involved have not responded to Saab History’s inquiries, and they are the only ones that have not, coincidence?

I leave you with a quote from Saab Automobile’s Eric Geers not too long ago.

“I cannot disclose who they are, but I can confirm that there is a group of investors in Sweden which has shown interest,” Saab spokesman Eric Geers told Automotive News.

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Saab Automobile AB & Pininfarina In Conversations With Sweden’s Innovatum Group For Electric Car Project?

Posted on 12. Mar, 2009 by .

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Trollhattan Sweden’s TTELA reports that a group of stakeholders have applied for 155 million krowns from the Swedish Government to produce electric cars. This is in line with the Swedish Government’s report to get off of fossil fuels by 2020.

Evidently, Innovatum’s President Tore Helmersson said that they are now in dialog with Saab Automobile AB, Italian based Pininfarina and Sweden’s Vattenfall as well as Power Circle! For your knowledge, Innovatum is right down the road from the Saab Car Museum in Trollhattan.

I guess if a group of stakeholders apply for the loans and have backing, the Swedish Government would be more amenable to such a program, especially if it helps with its own mission for fossil fuel and Co2 Reduction?

I have contacted the folks at the “Dream Team” as it is referenced below at Innovatum, Pininfarina, Vattanfall and Powercircle at this time to ascertain more details on this matter.

Want to have 155 million for electric vehicles

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A group of stakeholders has applied for 155 million kronor from the government to develop electric cars in Trollhättan.

Behind the application is technology park Innovatum and Electricity Power Cooperation Circle, where among other Vattenfall included.

The idea is to create a “dream team” of engineers and designed to develop different types of electric vehicles on Innovatum. Hopefully, it can lead to full-scale production with hundreds of employees, either at the Saab car factory in Trollhättan, or at Pininfarina in Uddevalla.

We now have a dialogue with both Saab and Pininfarina on how they could be integrated into the project, “says Tore Helmersson, president of Innovatum, to TV 4 News West.
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