When the Saab 9-3 ePower sport wagon debuts on Sept. 30 at the Paris Auto Show, its all-powerful and most critical component,
the fuel source will come from? Westborough.The former brand of GM which was then sold off to Spyker Cars,
the new electric Saab is the? standard Saab 9-3 model fitted with a 184-horsepower electric motor to drive the vehicle’s front wheels,
along with a Boston-Power lithium-ion battery pack.
“I am absolutely thrilled,’’ said Boston-Power chief executive
Christina Lampe-Onnerud, who said her company’s battery will give the car exceptional performance.
“This car has 27 percent more driving range per weight and volume than any other [electric] car,’’ she said.
The company will test the vehicles in Sweden over the next two years, but Lampe-Onnerud said that Saab has promised to send her one.
Lampe-Onnerud said the car’s recharging speed would depend on the kind of recharging equipment used.
But she said the Boston-Power battery is capable of charging to full power in an hour, reaching 80 percent of capacity in 30 minutes.
Dr. Lampe-Onnerud has pioneered the use of lithium-ion and other materials to deliver more powerful,
longer lasting, safer and cost-effective batteries for laptops, PDAs, cell phones and other electronic devices.
In June, Boston-Power said it plans to double its workforce both in Massachusetts, where it had 110 workers, and abroad,
where it has 400 workers, mostly in Taiwan. It also said it plans to build a battery factory in either Europe or China.
Boston-Power has received multiple coveted awards for its leadership, vision and technology,
including Membership of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, the 2010 Boston Business Journal Green Award Winner,
the 2010 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, the 2009 Green Capitalist of the Year, the Ernst &
Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2009, Clean Tech/New England Region, The Guardian’s Global Cleantech 100 amongst the most recent.
Dr. Lampe-Onnerud, along with Cynthia Warner of Sapphire Energy represents a new crop of innovative minds that are determined
to bring path-breaking, green,clean, sustainable products that would ensure a cleaner and greener planet for the coming generations.
Christina Lampe-Onnerud, CEO, BostonPower and World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer 2010 sharing what makes Boston Electric different.