Australian BioPower article

Sweden is a verdantly green place, from its gamboling grass plains, to its dense forests to the faces of people who dare to eat there.

Generally, I’m in favour of trying the local delicacies in a foreign country, but a plate of hair-rings (sometimes spelled “herrings”) or some briney kippers is enough to turn anyone’s gills the colour of mushy peas.

Ah, we Aussies know how to entertain, don’t we? Funnier than a fart in a spacesuit, we are.

Thus begins the CarsGuide review of the 9-5 BioPower, as driven way back in mid-January as part of the launch that Richo and I also attended.

We Aussies are also full to the brim with common sense, and here’s a straighforward look at why I like the whole idea of BioPower, too.

The Swedes are also very Green people, as in so environmentally aware that if they ruled the world we’d all live in flatpacked houses made out of recycled Ikea packaging and there’d be so little global warming we’d all have to wear black skivvies.

Of course, we’d all have to drive Volvos or, for the slightly luckier, Saabs.

Fortunately, you don’t have to wait for the meek Swedes to inherit the earth before you can use their know-how to do your bit for the planet.

The Saab 9-5 BioPower is the company’s current future vision, and the best news about it is that, finally, someone has delivered a clean, green machine that doesn’t accelerate like a snail with chronic fatigue.

This is a very, very entertaining review. Lots of funny stuff here, but fortunately our writer also manages to get the point across too.


The 9-5 we tested had the words BioPower written in 30-foot-high letters down both sides of the car (and if I had a dollar for every time someone asked me whether it ran on laundry powder, I could have bought one) so I was too embarrassed to drive it very far.

But, late at night, I did do enough kilometres to note that it really did have considerable, tweaky-turbo-style get up and go.

Given that the press event was way back in January, one could think that this is a little late coming. I guess it’s more important that though that it’s a great piece of well-written and informative work. To the average Aussie who knows nothing of BioPower or the timing involved in this it’s just going to present as a good introduction to the whole issue.

A highly recommended read.

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  1. And yet…and yet…

    Our friends at the Sydney Morning Herald have the same car in their Carpool article this week. I quote:

    Why We’re Driving It: This car is not on sale yet but Saab has put an example on the road to show how the technology works.

    Likes: It runs on E85.The higher octane produces more power which boosts engine response.

    Dislikes: Engine isn’t at it’s best when cold. No ethanol refuelling stations are open to the public yet. Usual Saab foibles: poor ride, wide turning circle, indecisive 5 speed auto, steering wheel doesn’t extend far enough, not enough cubby holes for storage.

    Would I Buy One?: No, E85 is about 30 percent cheaper than regular unleaded but burns at about twice the rate of regular fuel, so it ends up costing more to run than a car on regular unleaded.

  2. Wow….that’s what’s so sad about car repoters. Since they dont have to pay for the fuel they drive the car like car thieves and this results in a low mpg rating. My collegue has driven his 9-5 SC 2.3Biopower aboout 15000 km now and his car drinks about 0.9-1.0 liters /10 km depending on how much citydriving he does. When his daughter borrows the car the consumtion increases to 1.3-1.4 litres / 10 km.

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