The E-Car Expo, organized by Gunnar Dackevall, is set to take place in Finland and the event’s founder has a bold vision for the future of electric cars in the country. According to Dackevall, Finland has the potential to help save the classic brand Saab by building electric cars en masse. He believes that this would be a very Scandinavian move.
In 2011, Saab went bankrupt and Nevs, a company that designed electric cars, rose from its ashes. Last spring, Nevs announced it was going into “hibernation” and leaving Saab’s iconic Trollhättan factory. However, Dackevall thinks that Uusellakaupunki would have better opportunities for building electric cars.
Valmet Automotive’s car factory in Uusikaupunki is currently operating at full capacity after retiring two small electric car brands. Dackevall believes that the “electric Saab” should be built there and it is a crucial factor in the electrification of passenger car traffic.
Dackevall’s vision for Finland is closely tied to his event in Gothenburg last December where Emily’s prototype was on display. However, there are currently no concrete plans for manufacturing in Finland. Despite this, Dackevall encourages Finland to follow Denmark’s lead in embracing electric cars due to its lack of hills and short distances. He also believes that electric kilometers are cheaper to travel and his event will help promote the spread of electric cars in Finland.
Negotiations are underway regarding which cars will be showcased at Dackevall’s event in Helsinki and the possibility of showcasing an electric Saab is still open. While there has been no formal announcement regarding manufacturing the Emily GT, it is possible that the project will pass on to a new owner.