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Published on June 18th, 2009 | by Andrew Williams

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Saab Buy Out Brings Koenigsegg Quant Solar-Electric Supercar Closer to Reality

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Swedish supercar manufacturer Koenigsegg acquired a controlling interest in Saab so that it could get its hands on the company’s electric car production facilities.

The claim, made on Swedish language website realtid, cites unnamed sources in saying that the move is likely to bring the cutting-edge solar-powered Quant EV concept car (pictured) a step closer to production reality.

Sources also suggest that low volume production of the ZEV Quant (video) is expected to begin in a couple of years. The car was designed by Swedish outfit NLV Solar AG, a world-leader in photovoltaics and electrical-power technology.

The Quant features an electric motor at each wheel attaining a total of 512 hp and 527 lb-ft of torque.  Company staff at this years Geneva Motor Show also claimed that the concept runs on an innovative battery that can provide a range of 300+ miles following a brief 15-20 minutes charge. Integrated exterior solar panels can also reportedly power accessories without using the main battery.

If the rumors prove correct, we could see the quant hit the salesrooms within the next couple of years. See, producing an EV supercar is simple, all you need to do is wait for an ailing US car giant to go down the tubes and feast on the remains…

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