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True Electric & XWD – Mutually Exclusive Technologies?

Posted on 16. Dec, 2009 by .

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As a continuation of the ongoing trend where we’re seeing front-wheel drive only when it comes to alternative powertrains, it seems like Electro Engine may follow suit.

We’ve previously learned that there are no diesel TTiD options for Saab 9-3s equipped with the Haldex XWD (Cross-Wheel Drive) system, so one can only wonder if the same is true for True Electric as well?

So far, the specifications provided by the two vehicles on Electro Engine’s website show a Saab 9-3 Convertible TE (only front wheel drive) as well as a front-wheel drive only Saab 9-3 SportCombi TE.

With this logic, a Saab History frequenter asked the question, what about XWD with True Electric? Saab History has sent the question to the folks at Electro Engine to see what they say.

Update: Here is what they had to say in response, which is very positive!

Yes definitely.

Electroengine is working on such solutions but it will probably not be an
option in the first round.
Kind regards,
Christer

Electro Engine

In the meantime here’s the specifics of their 9-3 SportCombi for all intents and purposes.

SAAB 9-3 SportCombi True ElectricTM specifications

Engine Specifications True Electric TE6M
Environmental class Electric
Engine type Double synchronous engines TE4M
Max. power output 125 bhp
Max. torque 1636 Nm

Fuel Electricity
Top speed 130 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 9.6 s
Consumption with mixed driving conditions 0.17 kWh/km
Carbon dioxide output (CO2) g/km 0 g/km
Range > 150 km
Charging 230-400V, 10-32A, charging time 10-0.5 hr
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The Saab 9-3 Aero True Electric Promotional Video

Posted on 15. Dec, 2009 by .

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Electro Engine, part of the new consortium, that builds the engine & powertrain for the True Electric Saab 9-3 has made a video of their Aero version vehicle.

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SAAB 9-3 Aero True ElectricTM specifications

Engine Specifications True Electric TE6M

Environmental class Electric
Engine type Double synchronous engines TE6M
Max. power output 335 bhp
Max. torque 2480 Nm

Fuel Electricity
Top speed 180 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 6.3 s
Consumption with mixed driving conditions 0.17 kWh/km
Carbon dioxide output (CO2) g/km 0 g/km
Range > 150 km
Charging 230-400V, 10-32A, charging time 10-0.5 hr

Dimensions
Luggage capacity 352,000 cm3 VDA, 235,000 cm3 with top down
Battery capacity 26 kWh
Max. trailer load 1600 kg
Curb weight 1580 kg-1680 kg depending on configuration
Max. total weight 2040 kg-2080 kg depending on configuration
Number of seats 4
Drive Front wheel drive

Transmission
True Electric™ direct

Brakes Regenerative brakes, hydraulic, dual-circuit
system, vacuum assisted, ABS, TCS, MBA,
EBD, CBC
Steering Rack and pinion, electric-hydraulic.
Turning circle 10.8m

Suspension
Front: MacPherson struts with gas
shock absorbers. Stabilisers.
Hydroformed sub-frame. Rear: Multilink
rear-axle with independent suspension and
toe-link. Gas shock absorbers. Stabilisers.
Sub-frame

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Saab 900 Turbo “Commemorative Edition” – 1993

Posted on 01. Apr, 2009 by .

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1993 marked the final year of the classic Saab 900 Hatchback (1979-1993) and during that year there were 325 “commemorative edition” models introduced to the market.

Thanks to Ric DiDonato and his website, http://www.saabce.com, I have been able to provide you some images as well as some specifications and additional information about this special commemorative models.

He has also provided an up-to-date registry list as well on the 1993 900 Commemorative edition Saabs, so please if you have one of these add it to the list!

1993 Saab 900 Turbo Commemorative Edition

The 900 Commemorative Edition Turbo Coupe was offered in the US market in the spring of 1993. This model was only available as a three-door turbo with a manual transmission. It had a 185 Hp engine which made it the highest performing 900 ever. The extra horsepower was achieved through the modified “red box” APC, a 2.8bar fuel pressure regulator, and a special distributor with enhanced vacuum advance. It also offered an improved suspension. You could get it in any color you wanted; as long as that color was black with tan interior. At the time, it was considered the quintessential Saab 900 Turbo. Only a limited number were produced (literature states 325 but it appears only about 314 were actually built). All included leather interior, a burled walnut instrument panel facia (the first Saab 900 to get this treatment), a leather gear knob and boot, and special directional alloy wheels with polished outer lips and metallic gray centers.

Each 1993 Commemorative Edition came with a special 3.5″x 1.5″ engraved brass plaque to be mounted on the floor console in front of the shifter. The plaques showed each car’s specific number in the series (xx of 325). The plaques were not mounted on the cars when they were built and may not reflect the cars actual build number. The plaques came in the owner’s packet for each car and were to be installed by the dealer or by the owner. They were mounted with double-face tape and often came off, or perhaps were never installed, so some CE’s may not have their original plaque.

To find out if you have a Commemorative Edition, go to carfax.com and enter your VIN. It will not cost you anything. If it is truly a Commemorative Edition, it will have that description in the model name. I have also compiled a master VIN list in PDF format. Series numbers are matched with build numbers as owners with plaques register their cars.
Specs
ORIGINAL RETAIL PRICE:

$32,605
ENGINE:

Four cylinder; 2.0-liter engine. Breakerless electronic ignition system. Electronic fuel injection. Turbocharger with water-cooled bearing housings and integrated waste gate. Intercooler: Saab APC system for continuous boost pressure control. Double overhead camshafts. Four valves per cylinder Power rating: 185 bhp at 5500 rpm. Peak torque: 201 ft. lb. at 2800 rpm.
TRANSMISSION:

Front wheel drive. Five-speed manual gearbox.
CHASSIS:

Front: Double wishbones, with pivot-mounted, progressive action coil springs and gas shock absorbers. Stabilizer bar Rear: Lightweight, beam-type rear axle with coil springs, gas shock absorbers, two leading and two trailing arms and a Panhard rod. Power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering.
BRAKES:

Disc brakes all around, ventilated in front. Asbestos-free pads. Saab Anti-lock Braking System.

WHEELS:

Asymmetric wheels, grey with polished lip. 5.5j x 15″ light alloy.
TIRES:

195/60 VR15 high-speed, low profile steel belted radials.
LUGGAGE COMPARTMENT:

Capacity EPA Cargo Volume Index with the back seat raised, 21.9 cu.ft. (621 liters). Total Cargo Space with the back seat folded down, 56.5 cu.ft. (1600 liters).
STANDARD EQUIPMENT:

Lowered chasis. Electrically operated sunroof. Air-conditioning. Electrically operated front seats. Electrically adjustable door mirrors. Electrically operated windows. Cruise control. Driver’s side air bag. Burled walnut instrument panel. Leather upholstery. Removable AM/FM stereo cassette and compact disc player/7-band graphic equalizer with CD changer controls.
COLORS:

(EXTERIOR/INTERIOR) Black/Tan

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The Saab 9-5 Wagon : 1999 – 2009

Posted on 03. Dec, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile

The Saab 9-5 Wagon, a continuation of the 9-5 Sedan lineup, and a throwback to the SAAB 95 (1959-1978), debuted at the Paris Auto Show in 1998 as a 1999 model year.

The Saab 9-5 wagon was designed by Einar Hareide and Tony Catignani, was also Trollhättan, Sweden.

Over the 9-5’s Wagon’s lifetime, much like the sedan it has undergone two exterior facelifts, once in 2002 and again in 2006. The 9-5’s final production model will be titled the “Griffin Edition” as a 2009 model year.

This model for Saab came equipped with the following specifications:

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The Saab 9-5 Sedan : 1998 – 2009

Posted on 03. Dec, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile

The Saab 9-5 Sedan, a successor to the 9000 was first shown in 1997 and made its North American debut at the Saab Owners Convention in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire.

The Saab 9-5 was highly regarded by the press and came with a first of its kind asymetrically turbocharged V-6 engine. The 9-5, designed by Einar Hareide and Tony Catignani.

Over the 9-5’s lifetime, it has undergone two exterior facelifts, once in 2002 and again in 2006. The 9-5’s final production model will be titled the “Griffin Edition” as a 2009 model year.

The Saab 9-5 was manufactured in Trollhättan, Sweden for its entire 11 year lifetime.

This model for Saab came equipped with the following specifications:
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The Saab 900 NG Convertible : 1995 – 1998

Posted on 03. Dec, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile

The new generation Saab 900 Convertible debuted in 1995 as a continuation of the model lineup from the NG 900 that debuted a year earlier.

The NG900 Convertible is more than 70% more structurally ridid than the previous 900 convertible and was also styled by Einar Hariede and built in Uusikaupunki, Finland.

The fisrt year for the production of the convertible took place in 1995, a year after the last 900 convertible, and the production for the ng 900 convertible ended in 1998.

This model for Saab came equipped with the following specifications:

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The Saab 900 NG : 1994 – 1998

Posted on 02. Dec, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile

The new generation Saab 900 debuted in July of 1993 in Trollhattan and arrived in 1994 and marked a clear departure of the classic 900 era that lasted 15 years.

This new 900 also referred to as NG900 or in some circles “GM” 900, was the first model to be entirely developed by General Motors.

However, the NG 900 was designed by Saab designer, Einar Hareide of Norway and evolved from their first prototype, the EV-2.

The 900 came in both 3-door coupe as well as 5-door models and was built in Trollhattan, Sweden.
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