Saab’s fossil-fuel-free hybrid

Saab’s fossil-fuel-free hybrid


Premiering at the Stockholm Motor Show will be the world’s first fossil-fuel-free hybrid vehicle. The Saab BioPower Hybrid will be unveiled at the show, which begins today and runs for 10 days.

The key number is 0. That’s the amount of carbon dioxide emissions from the BioPower. It runs on E100 fuel, which is a bioethanol that emits no harmful exhaust. The fuel is made from sugarcane, corn, and other kinds of biomass.

The Bio-Saab has a fuel-saving Zero mode, into which you can switch for driving in low-speed areas such as cities. In this mode, the vehicle will run on electric power only.

This is not exactly a plodding vehicle, though. Its 260 hp 2.0-liter turbo engine can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in just 6.9 seconds.

The all-wheel drive vehicle sports a 300-volt battery bank, a 38 kW electric motor mounted in the back, and a 15 kW integrated starter generator.