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Is NEVS Going Electric With the Next-Generation Saab 9-3?

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So it’s been almost two years since Saab went bankrupt. It’s a huge shame, but the silver lining is that National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) will be releasing a new model under the Saab name in 2014. At least, that’s the plan anyway. A bunch of sketches of purported Saab car designs hit the web recently, and speculations are rife that NEVS might be working to make the next model an electric car.

The image was posted on design firm Yovinn’s website. The featured designs are sleek and classy–typical Saab–and appear to be the same size as the 9-3. It’s crazy how these images have created so much buzz over the auto-blogosphere.

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Porsche 918 Spyder Does A Hybrid Race Car Right, Hurts A Lot In The Wallet

By David Ponce

Gas electric hybrids don’t mean “pedestrian underpowered gas sippers” in the world of luxury race cars. The Porsche 918 Spyder is a prime example of this. While word of its existence is not new, early prototypes are now hitting the track and getting ready for production. The car now officially gets from 0 to 62mph in less than three seconds, and sets its top speed at a blistering 200mph. The combined power of the 4.6 litre V8 and the electric motors work out to a staggering 770 bhp, which propels the car through the Nurgburgring in 7 minutes and 22 seconds. This is a full 10 seconds faster than the Carrera GT. The body is light and rigid thanks to its carbon reinforced plastic monocoque and of course braking regenerates the battery while the ceramic brake system takes care of the bulk of the stoppage. And while these kinds of numbers would normally be associated with some serious gas guzzling… the 918 Spyder sips 3 litres per 100kms. This works out to 94mpg! Yeah, you’re not going to get that figure if you drive with your pedal to the metal, but no mileage figure ever refers to that driving style.

Now for the fun bit. Porsche is only making 918 of these, and chances are, you won’t be able to afford one. It’s expensive highway robbery: $845,000. Yeah, that’s almost a cool million.

[ Porsche’s Website ] VIA [ Engadget ]

How Serving Sizes And Electric Cars Are Related – Oh, And The EV Profiler Too

By David Ponce

Let’s talk about serving sizes. You pick up a box of cookies and smile as you notice it’s 160 calories per portion. Not so bad. Then you frown when you notice that “a portion” is two cookies! What is that? Who eats two cookies? People eat cookies by the sleeve, my friends. And so nutritional information based on arbitrary portion sizes are misleading. So are electric cars’ range estimates. No two people drive alike, and driving habits are the end-all/be-all of EV range. If you drive like my father, you can probably drive coast to coast on one charge. Drive like me and… well you get the idea. EV range estimates will eventually learn your habits and get more accurate, but by then you’ve already bought the damn car.

Enter the EV Profiler.

As you can imagine, it’s a device crammed with sensors whose job it is to determine how you drive over a statistically significant period of time. How hard you brake/accelerate, how many hills you climb, how many pedestrians you drag for how many miles, etc. The data is uploaded to servers nightly and after about a week you get a report that allows you to make a more informed decision on whether going green is really the thing for you.

You can rent the EV profiler for $25 a week, or $82 per month either directly from the company or from a car dealer that carries them.

[ EV Profiler ] VIA [ Gizmag ]