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Innovatum Signals Strong Future With Saab & Spyker

Posted on 12. Feb, 2010 by .


Innovatum releases a statement about Saab Automobile’s strong future with their new owner, Spyker Cars.

It is Innovatum that has recently partnered with Saab Automobile, Boston Power & Electro Engine that will be producing the 100 electric Saabs in the near future.

Saab + Spyker + Innovatum = True

It is an exciting time with lots of potential ahead of Saab and its new owner. The business plan will be implemented and car production be switched to the new, smart approach to find its unique niche. A niche in the automotive sector, which is in the middle of a huge paradigm shift where manufacturers will be eliminated. But not Saab! With world class engineering recognized and a new tuned activity stands on its own, nimble legs, Saab Spyker is ready to accept the challenge. For Innovatum technology parks, it is obviously going to be with Saab and Spyker on that trip.

Jan-Ake Jonsson, who is also on the board of the Foundation Innovatum, underlines the importance of Innovatum now continuing to pursue development projects which support Saab in the short and long term.

– Energy efficiency in both materials that combustion technologies are key areas for future cars. Saab has now a unique opportunity with its small and smart organization to take a permanent place among the manufacturers of the so-called European premium segment. Cooperation with, among others Innovatum can play an important role in Saab’s efforts to create a unique position in this competitive segment, “
said Jan-Ake Jonsson.

Tore Helmersson, CEO of Innovatum Teknikpark underlines Jan-Ake Jonsson’s statement:

“We have long built up strong expertise in the management and collection development and innovation. Therefore, and we want to be an important partner for Saab and its new owner. We have expertise in production technology and is helping to drive the conversion to the attractive energy and environmental technology in several areas – not least in the electrification of vehicles. So our role will continue to be close to Saab.

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Electroengine, The Company Behind True Electric Saabs

Posted on 15. Dec, 2009 by .



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.”

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Swedish Company Launching Next Gen Electric Cars?

Posted on 30. Jun, 2009 by .



Photo Credit: Allt Om Motor

Allt Om Motor has recently published a piece on next generation cars, with this particular one outfitted in a Saab 9-3 convertible!

This particular piece reminds me of the 2006 Saab 9-3 BioPower Hybrid Convertible concept.

Swedish company behind the next-generation electric cars.
2009-06-25 14:13

The Swedish company Electro Engine in Sweden AB has developed a new system that enables high-performance electric of conventional cars today is powered by internal combustion. Demonstration vehicles shown to the public during Almedal Week. The launch will take place June 29 kl. 09.00 in Visby harbor.

The system, known as True ElectricTM, can be used directly in the manufacture of new machine cars. It can also be used to convert second-hand cars to pure electric cars. This can be done without any reduction in car safety and performance. Moreover, the system has the potential to be far more cost effective than the system used for electric traction in the market today. A key component is a revolutionary and patent-pending systems for battery management.

Electro Engines CEO, Thomas Bergensfjord, notes, “many want to continue running stylish, practical and safe cars with good performance while they are keen to choose a cleaner and more cost-effective alternative. With True ElectricTM can now combine electric cars environmental friendliness and low running costs with the existing cars function and performance. For example, we may have a SAAB 9-3 to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.5 seconds, reaching a speed of 180 km/h and run 15-20 mil of clean electricity without we changed the car exterior or interior – with both the trunk and pull the hook to go. ”

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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 .



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

Trollhättan / TT

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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