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President's Letter - September / October 2014

Reprinted from Nines Magazine

Another Convention has past and put down in the history books. Special thanks go out to the NWSOC and to the event organizers, Dan Morley, Phil and Calye Lacefield for their efforts in pulling together a great event. Once you have done one of these you really get an appreciation for all of the hard work and details that go into making a convention a success, super job!

But with every passing Convention comes change, mostly as a result of the Annual SCNA Board meeting. And this year is not unlike any other. I would like to welcome Ria Levine and Chris Grider as our newly elected standing board members along with Daniel Cahill who starts his second term on the Board. Luke Lewis moves into the role of Treasurer as Stephen Goldeberger is stepping down.

On behalf of the entire SCNA Board, I would like to thank Linnea Krajewski and Stephen for their years of service to support the Club. After 10 long years, Linnea has decided to leave the Board but will remain an active Club member and contributor to her column in NINES. Stephen is also stepping down from his role as Treasurer, a job he has done for the past 6 of his 8 years on the Board, and quite well I might add! Stephen will remain as an active board member to help shepherd the Club’s financials through the transition. We thank them both for all their contribution, hard work and at times, suffering, along with the fun!

Hopefully, by the time you are reading this, we have some positive news coming from NEVS and the production efforts in Sweden.

PS: Now is a great time to begin planning Fall driving tours and local jet-togethers!

Daryle Powers
President, Saab Club of North America

 
Saab Press: NEVS Shows 9-3 Electric Vehicle

Nevs’ Electric Vehicle Shown Today

Today Nevs presented the Saab 9-3 Electric Vehicle as designed and produced as part of a prototype series in Trollhättan.

The car is a modified Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan where the batteries are placed under the floor, keeping the full interior space as well as the luggage compartment intact. With that, the Saab 9-3 EV is just as practical as the Saab 9-3 Aero with gasoline engine.

The Saab 9-3’s famous driving-experience is of course preserved in the EV, helped by its low center of gravity and a 50/50 weight distribution.

“We are happy to present the result of Nevs engineering into a real Saab EV product. The Saab cars’ well-known performance and safety is maintained and we foresee a very good product for the market. When we developed the Saab 9-3 Aero Sedan Model Year 14, we focused on enhancing the driving experience, safety and quality. And the starting point for our development of the Electric Vehicle project was to maintain all the good attributes and characteristics”, said Stig Nodin, Vice President Engineering and Product Development.

The car shown in Trollhättan today is one from the first prototype series of cars and it was produced in the Trollhättan plant in May.

The car is equipped with lithium-ion batteries from Beijing National Battery Technology, a company within the Chinese group of green tech companies owned by Kai Johan Jiang’s company National Modern Energy Holdings Ltd.

In this phase of the development the performance of the prototype series are limited to:

The range for this prototype series of cars is approximately 200 km.

  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h, 0-60 mph 10 sec.
  • Maximum speed of 120 km/h.
  • Engine power 140 hp, 100 kW.
The prototype series have multiple reasons:
  • To enhance the understanding of EV’s in the complete company.
  • To serve as a reference for specification of coming production model(s).
  • To be used as a test bench for technical development.
  • To verify the manufacturing setup.

 
Saab: Get the Low Down

Do you want to test your knowledge on Saab? If you think you can tell the difference between an Aero Convertible and the Talladega Auto Coupe then you’re probably on your way to becoming an expert. http://www.motorparks.co.uk/ has a great section on practically every vehicle the Saab has ever built from 1977 onwards. Head over to the Saab technical pages and discover a wealth of information. Data sheets cover over 1,200 different Saab models from the past 30 years. It’s the perfect spot to sharpen your knowledge on not only your most loved models, but vehicles you never even knew existed!

 
Newest Saab Service Provider: SAAB of North Olmsted

The Saab Club of North America would like to welcome our newest Saab Service Provider, SAAB of North Olmsted, in North Olmsted, OH. SAAB of North Olmsted is offering a 12% discount on parts and service when you present your Club Membership card at the time of service write up. The shop is an official Saab Service Center providing geniune Saab replacement parts and factory trained and experienced Saab technicians. Check out the Saab Service and Discount page for contact information, and thank SAAB of North Olmsted for their dedication to Saab Club members when you stop by!