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Friday, October 7, 2011

Saab 9-3 ePower dashboard indicators

Looks like a conventional Saab, but it isn't. The 9-3 ePower is a pure electrical vehicle (not a hybrid). It is a combi, has a range of ~200km, fairly swift acceleration and runs on lithium-ion batteries. We've seen more than one version. There are plans for making a 50-70 cars fleet for intensive testing. You can read more about Saab 9-3 ePower here.

Since I didn't find, what kind of information an electrical vehicle provides on the dashboard, I've made a picture last week in Trollhattan. Here it is :

D.T.E. is Distance to empty fuel tank (battery in this case), like on every Saab with SID (Saab Information Display). Now it has a dedicated indicator. Tachometer is clear. On the right side, the A is for Amperes, electric current and basically saying how much energy is milked by various systems from the battery. Instead of the turbo bar, there is Ecometer is telling you how economically you drive and when you loose energy. And the state of charge indication, the same as fuel level.

For a test drive of the electrical Saab, there is a video on SaabsUnited from such a drive and a lot of explanation.

edit : btw. André-Marie Ampére : 

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