Saab EV-1 from Road and Track

My thanks to Robin M for sending me these scans.

A little while ago there was some discussion about the Saab EV-1. I can’t even remember the context now, but I did mention that I would look into getting a little more EV-1 information on the website.

Robin has come to my assistance with this first instalment. It’s a scanned article taken from a Road and Track Saab magazine that covered their Saab articles from 1972 to 1992. These are JPG images only. I don’t have any OCR software and it’d take waaaaay too long to type.

It’s a great read though, and next opportunity I get to visit Trollhattan (should I be so fortunate) I’m going to make a point about asking Bjorn Envall for a tour of this brilliant Saab concept car.

Please enjoy the scans, which you should click to enlarge – and thanks again Robin!

Saab EV-1

Saab EV-1

Saab EV-1

Saab EV-1

Saab EV-1

Saab EV-1

Saab EV-1

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  1. There was a pretty lengthy article in a swedish motor magazin (ams? tv?) just recently about the EV-1. Good stuff. (I can probably scan/type the article if wanted)

    They talked about how close it was to get into production (a series of like 1000 cars), but in the end they had to “quailty gurantee” saab 9000.

    as a last note they said “but the EV-2, based on the 9000 was even closer to get into production – but thats another story”.

    What was EV-2???

  2. Excellent read! Thank you guys. I really love the EV-1. It really shows the potential that Saab had already in ´85. “road Viggen”.. What a good idea 😉
    Actually they used the name, but after some few years as we all know.

    I´d really like to see a nice gallery of EV-1 images. In my opinion it´s one of the most interesting Saabs ever.

  3. Great article, thanks for posting it! The EV-1 was one helluva funky looking Saab and note those bhp figures are only just being matched 23 years later by the Turbo-X.

  4. Stefan: I only just started reading the article (I’ll read the rest later, I have a headache right now) but I noticed too that it was named “experimental vehicle, iteration 1” alluding to the fact that there were obviously more than one iteration planned.

    Also, I had always read that the EV-1 was more related to the 9000 than the 900. In fact, the interior had a lot of 9000 accents right out of the parts bin. Maybe they mention this further in the article and I’ll read it later.

    My personal favorite feature was the solar panels in the roof to power the ventilation system while the car is parked. People who live in hot regions would really appreciate this feature which was later taken by AUDI into production on their A8 as an option.

  5. Wow, I learned so much more about the EV-1 by reading this excellent article. Thanks for providing it, Robin and Swade.

    Swade, remember when you were speaking to the gentleman who was overseeing the display of the Aero-X in Australia and he told you it is by far the most complete and functional concept car he’s ever seen? It sounds like the EV-1 was as well. It had functional heaters!

    I think that every SAAB/GM Europe designer should review work done on prior concept cars to see if they can incorporate elements from prior ideas if they were good. It’s a shame that some of the good ideas seem to have been discarded after the concept was put in the museum. By now, for example, I’m sure air conditioning technology has advanced to the point where a high-efficiency version could be run off the power of increased efficiency solar cells in a car’s roof. The efficiency of solar arrays has advanced a great deal since 1985 as well.

    At least it looks like they recycled the idea of having the design of the wheels duct ventilation onto the brakes from the EV-1 onto the Aero-X. I remember reading those turbine wheels on the Aero-X supposedly have that functionality.

    This appears to have been SAAB’s first crack at the “night panel” functionality, which I had thought was innovated under the GM regime. Also, isn’t this the first application of the “directional Aero” wheels?

    Though I think the wedge shape, popular in the 70s/80s looks rather dated now, learning the very advanced features of this 22-year-old concept makes me want to buy the die cast scale model for my burgeoning collection! What!?!? They don’t have one??? They need to add one of every SAAB concept to the collection. They have the urSAAB and Aero-X. They need the 9ˣ, 9³X, EV-1, 9³ SportHatch, BioPower Beast, BioPower 100, etc…

  6. Zippy: you mention how the horsepower/torque numbers are just now being met by production SAAB cars in the Turbo-X, but what you didn’t mention is that the EV-1 did so in a 1985cc inline-four cylinder, 16 valve, single-turbo engine. The Turbo-X requires a 2800cc V6, 24-valve dual-turbo engine. The efficiency (horsepower/torque per liter) was much greater in the EV-1. I’m less impressed by simply increasing displacement and blowing-in more gas to get the extra power than using aerodynamic and other efficiencies to fine-tune to the same goal. The EV-1 “did more with less”. That’s to be commended.

  7. Stefan, could you send me a copy of the Swedish article? I can understand Swedish, I might be able to translate it so we can all enjoy reading it.

    Sebbe – 900 SE 2.3L –

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