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  • Brussels Auto Show: Boston-Power’s highest energy density battery powers Saab 9-3 ePower

    Boston-Power, Inc.’s game-changing lithium-ion battery technology is a highlight of the all-electric 9-3 ePower Saab is showcasing today at the European Motor Show Brussels. Saab is hosting a luncheon and press conference at the event spotlighting the ePower as part of its line-up of new cars that also includes its new 9-4X crossover.

    The prototype for a test fleet of 70 vehicles, the 9-3 ePower features a 35.5 kWh Boston-Power Swing lithium-ion battery pack that sets an electric vehicle (EV) benchmark for energy density – delivering a projected driving range of approximately 200 km/124 miles and contributing to a much lower total battery weight. The battery pack is intended to support re-charge cycles equivalent to 10 years of average use.

    Using 400V three-phase charging at 16 amps, it can be fully recharged in about 3-6 hours, depending on depletion status. With common 230V one-phase charging at 16 amps, the charging time is approximately 10 hours. If the voltage of the electrical feed is raised, charging times can be greatly reduced, as there is no limitation on the battery’s input capacity.

    The battery pack’s safety is ensured by multiple redundant safety components unique to Boston-Power’s Swing battery cells, as well as the overall battery pack design. The environmental sustainability of Boston-Power’s battery cells is underscored by several global accreditations – including the prestigious Nordic Ecolabel and the China United Environmental Center Certification (CEC). Boston-Power’s technology is the first lithium-ion battery platform to be accredited by both organizations.

    “Green cars deserve green batteries,” said Boston-Power Founder and CEO Dr. Christina Lampe-Önnerud. “Boston-Power is answering that call, while delivering unparalleled safety, quicker charging, and best-in-class energy density to provide long driving range and long service life.”

    Dr. Lampe-Önnerud joined Saab executives at the worldwide official unveiling of the ePower at the Paris Motor Show in September.

    Christina Lampe-Önnerud, CEO, BostonPower and World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer 2010 in a video from 2009 answers the questions:

    1) What it is about your company/project that makes it so special?
    2) What country best facilitates starting a tech company?
    3) What makes an innovator?
    4) How does your company contribute to improving the state of the world?

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      With Financing in Flux, Saab's First E.V. Program Awaits Its Fate - NYTimes.com

      “Saab’s financial situation hasn’t affected the electric car program at all,” said Dr. Lampe-Onnerud in a telephone interview conducted before the Hawtai deal dissolved. “Both companies are determined to bring a really great E.V., with high-performance batteries to the market, as soon as possible.” Through a spokeswoman, she declined to comment on the collapse of the Hawtai partnership.

      Michele Tinson, a spokeswoman for Saab, said in a telephone interview on Thursday that if the automaker secures its long-term financing, the E.V. project will go forward.
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